Four Student-Athletes Take Part in Spring Commitment Ceremony

Four Conestoga Valley High School student-athletes have committed to playing their respective sports after graduation from CVHS. They were recognized in a ceremony at CVHS on Wednesday, May 19.

Owen Linder (track & field): Lebanon Valley College
Olivia Mellinger (softball): Messiah College
Karli Raasch (swimming & diving): Saginaw State University
Adam Yoder (soccer): University of Pittsburgh

Linder is the son of Eric and Laura Linder. He was a four-year member of the CV track & field boys soccer teams. Linder served as team captain of the boys track & field team this year and qualified for the league championship meet three times over the course of his career. He won a league championship title in the 4 x 100 relay this spring and will compete at the District championship meet this coming weekend. Linder is a distinguished honor roll student and a member of the Science National Honor Society. He is also involved with his youth group leadership team and his church production team. He will be attending Division III Lebanon Valley College where he intends to major in accounting.

Mellinger, the daughter of Jared and Michelle Mellinger, was a four-year starter at shortstop and outfield for the Buckskins. Mellinger was named a Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League All-Star in 2019. She also competed on a travel softball team. In addition to being a Distinguished Honor Roll student, Mellinger is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also active in the student council, the Valley Vocals, choir, Link Crew, and youth group. Mellinger intends to study nursing at Division III Messiah College.

Raasch is the daughter of Barb and Matt Raasch. She was a four-year member of the Buckskins swim team and holds eight program records. She was an Honorable Mention All-State in 2018 and 2019 and won CV’s Team High Point Award three of her four years. Raasch was also a three-time L-L All-Star and was named the 2019 L-L League Most Valuable Swimmer. In addition to her swimming accomplishments, Raash served as a Link Crew member and was active in the Mentor Program. She is undecided on a major at Division II Saginaw State University.

Yoder is the son of Randall and Susan Yoder. Yoder was a four-year member of the soccer team and a three-year member of CV’s basketball and volleyball teams. He served as team captain for the boys soccer team in 2020 and his teams earned a berth to the District playoffs each of his four years. In addition, the Buckskins’ volleyball team earned a spot in either the District or League playoffs each of his three years. Yoder is an Honor Roll Student and National Honor Society member. He was also active in FCA’s Leadership Council and was a member of SADD and the Student Health Council. Yoder intends to major in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg.