Thema Napier, a 1998 graduate of Long Reach High School, will compete at the NCAA track meet to be held May 28-June 1 at Louisiana State University. Napier qualified by winning the 400-meter hurdles (57.73) at the East Coast Athletic Championships at Princeton University on May 19.
The NCAA meet will end Napier's college career at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she will graduate later this month with a double major in international business and marketing.
Christopher Kupec, who just finished his freshman year at Southern Illinois University, was honored for a achieving a 4.0 GPA at the Saluki Scholars academic banquet. Kupec, a graduate of River Hill, is an aviation major and a receiver on the Saluki football team.
Redshirt-freshman Mario Merrills (Wilde Lake) was impressive in the University of Maryland's annual White-Red spring game. Although he rushed for 48 yards and scored a touchdown, Merrills sparkled on special teams, returning six kickoffs for a total of 163 yards.
Centennial senior Jimmy Holzman has commited to play football at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.
Cheryl Tamalavicz, an Ellicott City resident and a senior at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, has been named to the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference All-Conference tennis team. Tamalavicz won the conference championship at No. 4 singles and finished the season with a 10-2 record.
Aaron Altscher, a junior at Mary Washington College, was named Player of the Week for the Capital Athletic Conference. He was also an All-CAC first-team pick.
The Wilde Lake graduate batted .413 and had a .654 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .492 this season.
Towson freshman Jen Irby (Long Reach) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year. At the CAA conference meet, Irby was the third-leading scorer and the winner of the 50 freestyle event.
She set four school records (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly and 100 back) and was part of five relay teams that also set school records.