Three Everett High football standouts signed their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony inside the Crimson Café.
Seniors Giacobbe Ward and Nick Raymond announced their decisions to attend Bentley University in Waltham, while Marcos Pereira will be attending Colby College in Maine.
All three players were instrumental in leading the Everett High football to a Greater Boston League championship this season.
Everett High Director of Athletics Tammy Turner presided over the impressive ceremony that included video highlights of the three players in action during the 2022 season.
Supt. of Schools Priya Tahiliani attended the event that spotlighted the state’s most successful football program.
Everett High head football coach Rob DiLoreto congratulated the three student-athletes, telling families, teachers, and teammates, “We have something very special happening. We have some players in our program that are going to be in their next step of life playing football in college. Our coaches and players are so proud to really recognize Marcos, Nick, and Giacobbe, because we know how hard it is to play college football in college.”
Pereira, who is projected as an offensive lineman at Colby, said, “I want to thank my family, who is always in my heart, and all my coaches, and my teammates for all the support I’ve gotten through the years.”
Raymond, who is project as an offensive lineman at Bentley, told the assemblage, “I’m extremely blessed to be in the situation I am today. I want to thank my mom, my grandparents, all my loved ones, my teammates, and my coaches. I remember Coach Bluestein saying in my freshman year that high school does fly by, and it really did.”
Ward, who will be a wide receiver at Bentley, said, “I want to thank my coaching staff for an unbelievable four years with them. Without them supporting me in the classroom and on the field, I don’t know where I’d be without them today. I want to thank my teammates for pushing me on the field, pushing me in the classroom, and really competing with me, staying by my side. I want to thank my family, my aunt, my grandmothers, my cousins, for supporting me throughout this whole process. They always told me, ‘I got it,’ and to just keep striving for greatness. I want to thank my teachers. They really pushed me inside the classroom, knowing that I could do something if I really want to do it. I want to thank my Dad in heaven, creating me to be the man I am today and the foundation.”
“This was a great day for Everett football, and we’re proud to see our athletes furthering their education and chasing their dreams in college, and opening up so many doors for their future,” DiLoreto said after the ceremony.