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After their coach, a high school athlete’s next best friend should be Pat Grecco. She has found the right college and athletic scholarships for athletes in almost every sport. In her 30-year career as founder and president of College Bound Athlete Scholarship Service, she has helped more than 1,500 students and has a nearly 100 percent success rate.

Here are a few of her area success stories......

Jennifer Ordonez is  a social worker at South Brunswick High School.  Ms. Ordonez contacted Saint James resident Pat Grecco, President and Founder of College Bound Athlete Scholarship Service.  As a result of their corroboration, Jaxon Hudson, a graduating senior from South Brunswick High School received a Cross-Country/Track scholarship to Belmont Abbey College, in Belmont, NC.   Jaxon is a gifted athlete with the potential to be a successful runner at the collegiate level. Like many college students, he had the goals to go to college but needed additional support and guidance to complete his applications, and reach out and network with college coaches.  

 

Ms. Grecco worked pro bono to help Jaxon narrow down his college choices with a view to majoring in Criminal Justice and compete in a collegiate Cross Country/Track program.  Pat has been working with college bound students for 30 years, in all sports and what sets her apart is her ability to find the right school for each student she works with as well as help pay for tuition, room and board. 

 

Ms. Ordonez founder of “First Generation College Student Mentor Program” at South Brunswick High School has been successful in helping hard working first generation students have equal opportunity to attend college and make sure that they receive the help they need to navigate the process.  First generation college bound students can be at a disadvantage due to not having a parent at home who understands the entire process, from the application process to financial aid and scholarships. 

 

Pat and Jennifer had the opportunity to attend the signing of the National Letter of Intent, at South Brunswick High School in late May 2019. 

 

The First Generation College Student Mentor Program will continue to identify seniors that are a good match for the program guide and support them through the college application process, and help them seek financial aid and athletic/academic scholarships. 

JAXON HUDSON GETS A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

 

College Bound Athlete Scholarship Service and South Brunswick High School helped Cross Country/Track student Athlete secure a full scholarship to Belmont Abbey College, NC, NCAA Division 2. 

GWENNA GENTLE, West Brunswick High School

EVAN ADDISON, South Brunswick High School

Evan Adddison,   Lacrosse, South Brunswick High School, NC, will be attending Pfeiffer University, NCAA D-3, academic scholarship.  

Evan Addison, (Blue,) goes 1 on 1 with opposing attack man, denying the goal and causing a turnover

Coach John Lloyd

on Evan Addison

“Evan is a formidable player on defense, at 6’ 5”, he is the consummate team player.  Evan is a dedicated and driven competitor who is willing to do what is necessary for his fellow defensemen and the team as a whole. Evan plays a key role on defense and is a team leader.”

NESS ARTSHTEIN, South Brunswick High School

Ness Artshtein,Lacrosse, South Brunswick High School, North Carolina, recruited to play at American International Collegein MA, NCAA D-2, will majoring in International Relations and Foreign Service. 

MEGAN TROUT, Ashley High School

Megan Trout,Lacrosse, Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC,  Carolina Flight Lacrosse Club,  will be attending Gardner-Webb Universityin NC, NCAA D-1, will be majoring in nursing. Meghan's brother, Ryan, swims for Savanah College of Art and Design, 2017 graduate of Ashley High School. 

Gwenna Gentle, Lacrosse,  has verbally committed to Delaware State University, Gwenna is a rising senior at West Brunswick High School in NC.  Delaware State is a NCAA D-1 program, Gwenna will major in biology, Pre-Med. Gwenna is a Brine All-America selection and in her self evaluation said: 

 

“I am a team player, very athletic, a self-starter, willing to give 100% at all times. I will wait for my team to get into position and then run plays. I can pass, catch and shoot both left and right.  When I’m on the field and the team is feeling down, I am the person that can get the team up and motivated by just encouraging them that we can do this! I’m eager to keep learning so that I can move to the next level and play on a collegiate team.” 

Aaron Britton, Ashley High School

Aaron Britton graduated from Ashley High School in Wilmington and will be playing soccer at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the top 300 colleges/universities in the USA. Aaron is hoping to major in business and journalism, way to go Aaron!

JAYDA MALONE, Brunswick Community College

Jayda Malone,   Basketball, Brunswick Community College, will be transferring to Notre Dame of Maryland University, NCAA D-3, will major in Pharmacy/Pre-Pharmacy. 

LAKITIA BASNIGHT, Brunswick Community College

Lakitia Basnight, Basketball, Brunswick Community College, will be transferring to Lees-McRae College, NC, NCAA D-2, will be majoring in Criminal Justice. 

ZANE HALL, Patton High School, Morgantown, NC

Zane Hall, basketball, a rising senior at Patton High School in Morgantown, NC, Varsity and AAU player, Zane is 6 feet 8 in. tall, a solid student athlete, with many college coaches interested in recruiting him.  He is interested in majoring in Sports Sciences.  During the summer 2018 he attended Davidson College Basketball Camp and received a good review from Coach Bob McKillop. 

AMARIS HOUSTON,

Brunswick Community College

Amaris Houston,Basketball, Brunswick Community College, will be transferring to Montreat College, NC, NAIA, will major in Business Management. 

DELANEY POPELLA, Topsail High School

Delaney Popella, lacrosse, a rising senior at Topsail School in Hampstead, NC, plays Varsity lacrosse and is a Varsity swimmer.  Delaney is being recruited for college lacrosse, with a recent visit to Belmont Abbey College in NC, NCAA D-2. Plays for the Carolina Flight Lacrosse club.  Her Varsity coach, Courtney Burghardt  said “I have had the pleasure of coaching Delaney Popella for the past 2 years. In that time I have seen her grow as an athlete and leader on the field. She works hard in the off-season and takes advantage of every opportunity to improve herself. She brings energy to every practice and game and leads by example on the field. Delaney performs very well under pressure and often finds success in tough situations. She would be a true asset to any collegiate program.”

RYAN TROUT, Ashley High School

Ryan Trout   swims for Savanah College of Art and Design, 2017 graduate of Ashley High School.