Six Student-Athletes Participate in Signing Day Ceremony

Six senior student-athletes at Conestoga Valley High School have committed to playing their respective sports at the collegiate level after graduation this spring. The six student-athletes were recognized on Feb. 2, 2022, at the school’s National Signing Day ceremony.

The six student-athletes are as follows:

  • Lillian Buckwalter (field hockey): Division I University of Maryland
  • Keller Dillman (lacrosse): Division III University of Mary Washington
  • Taylor Hehnly (basketball): Division III Roanoke College
  • Aiden Johnson (football): Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kenji Pha (volleyball): Division III Eastern University
  • Delainey Varela Keen (soccer): Division I University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Buckwalter, daughter of Matt and Kelly Buckwalter, was a four-year varsity starter for the CVHS field hockey team, a three-time Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Section 1 All-Star, and a 2021 All-League player. The Buckskins were the 2019 co-section champions and three-time District qualifiers during her playing career.

Buckwalter’s club team was the 2020-21 National Indoor Champion, a 2021 National Club Championship qualifier, and the 2021 JPOL runner-up.

Buckwalter is a National Honor Society student and class officer. She is also active in FCA and SADD.

Buckwalter will attend Division I University of Maryland where she is undecided on a major.

Dillman is the son of Brad and Anne Dillman. Dillman is a four-year starter for the CV boys lacrosse team. As a junior, he led the team in assists (32) while also adding 34 goals. The 2021 Buckskin squad qualified for the league playoffs and advanced to the district championships for the first time in over a decade.

A National Honor Society student, Keller is also a member of the Student Council, is active with his youth group, and volunteers at CVCCS.

Keller plans to major in history at the University of Mary Washington.

The daughter of Nick and Nikki, Hehnly is a guard for the CV girls basketball team. She is a four-year starter and earned Section 2 All-Star status her junior year. This season, Hehnly leads the squad in points per game.

Hehnly plays club basketball for 717 Hoop Dreams, a team that won the East Coast National Championship. Hehnly has also earned U.S. Junior National All-Star recognition for her play with 717 Hoop Dreams.

Hehnly is an honor roll student at CV and is active in SADD, Link Crew, and the CVHS TV Studio.

Hehnly intends to major in exercise science at Roanoke College.

Johnson, the son of Tracey and Randy Johnson, played three years of varsity football for the Buckskins at tight end. He served as a team captain this past fall and earned First-Team L-L League All-Star status. Johnson received offers from 17 colleges to continue his football career after graduation from CVHS.

Johnson was also a two-year member of the CV boys lacrosse team and plays CV recreational basketball.

He will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall where he intends to major in business management.

Pha is the son of Mary Ann Vang. Pha is a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Buckskins boys volleyball team as the squad’s setter and libero. He is a two-year starter and team captain.

Outside of volleyball, Pha is a youth leader in his church and works at Henry Schein.

Pha will attend Eastern University where he intends to major in computer science.

Varela-Keen, daughter of Federico and Kristin Varela-Keen, was a defensive midfielder and four-year letterwinner for the Buckskins girls soccer team and served as a team captain her senior year. She was a 2021 L-L League First-Team Section I All-Star selection and the 2019 squad advanced to the league finals.

Varela-Keen plays club soccer for Keystone FC 03 G Premier Club Soccer. Her team was a 2018 and 2021 State Cup Champion, a 2020 State Cup Finalist, a 2018 and 2021 Regional Champion, and a 2021 National Semifinalist.

At CV, Varela-Keen is a distinguished honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and student council. She placed first in the social sciences at the North Museum Science Fair. She is also active in the Student Health Council, WLA, SADD, Power Club, Shop with a Buckskin, and Peace to Kids Rescue Art Auction.

Varela-Keen will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in the fall where she intends to pursue a major in biology.