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Five KIF athletes sign letters of intent

LIHU‘E — A sign the school year is nearing an end is the commitment high school seniors give to continue their athletic endeavors through participation at a school of higher learning.

On Wednesday, three Island School athletes inked Letters of Intent. The Voyager athletes were joined by a pair of Kaua‘i High School athletes, who were announced by Kaua‘i High School Assistant Athletic Director Joseph Cassler.

“We are here to celebrate the remarkable achievements of three outstanding student athletes — Chloe Inouye, McKenna Kerry and Bodhi Jones,” said Island School AD Jerry Jona. “Each of these athletes have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and perseverance in their respective sports, and we are immensely proud of their accomplishments.”

Inouye put ink to papers from Pepperdine University where she hopes to continue swimming.

“She doesn’t want to swim at the top levels,” said her father who has been poolside at every meet Chloe has participated. “She wants to swim, but wants to concentrate on her studies.”

Jona said Chloe has excelled in swimming, consistently setting new records and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the pool — three-time state champion and Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champion.

“It’s hard enough to do a state championship in the 100 meter once,” said Island School coach Sean Magoun. “But to do it three years in a row? Insane.”

Jona said McKenna has distinguished herself in both cross-country and track, showcasing incredible endurance and speed, and earning top honors throughout her school career as a KIF individual and team champion.

McKenna put her signature to Centenary University in New Jersey.

“She had other offers from schools in Oregon,” said McKenna’s mom. “But Centenary was the right fit for what she wants — to run cross-country while studying veterinary medicine because she wants to come back as a large animal veterinarian.”

Bohdi Jones has been a powerhouse on the volleyball court, said Jona.

“He led his team to numerous victories, including two KIF championships and two state DII appearances.,” Jona said.

Jones put ink on the paper to play volleyball for York University in Canada.

Earlier in the week, Cassler announced that Racen Pegeder and Radon Sebastian signed letters to play baseball. Racen signed with Pacific University in Forrest Grove, Oregon. to play football and baseball. Radon put ink to paper with Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington, to play baseball.

“These two young men have been mainstays in our athletic department despite losing their freshman year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cassler said.

“Their plans to play athletics at the collegiate level is a testament to their dedication and leadership in their respective sports on the field, and more importantly, to their academics in the classroom. The Kaua‘i High Athletic Department would like to thank all of those who have positively impacted Racen and Radon along the way.”
Source: The Garden Island

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