Fourteen CVHS Student-Athletes Participate in Signing Day Ceremony
Fourteen senior student-athletes at Conestoga Valley High School have committed to playing their respective sports at the collegiate level after graduation this spring. The 14 student-athletes were recognized on Feb. 1, 2023, at the school’s National Signing Day ceremony.
The 14 student-athletes are as follows:
Alaina Culbert (field hockey) : Division ll Millersville University
Jamie Handwerger (lacrosse) : Division lll Lebanon Valley College
Rebecca Hartranft (volleyball) : Division ll Millersville University
Rhiannon Henry (softball) : Division ll West Chester University
Sophia Hess (lacrosse) : Division lll Albright College
Jordyn Hironimus (lacrosse) : Division lll Elizabethtown College
Riley Houck (soccer) : Division l Fairfield University
David Irwin (soccer) : Division ll Millersville University
Anna Kauffman (soccer) : Division lll Lycoming College
Sophia Livingston (field hockey) : Division l Kent State University
Zach Phy (track & field) : Division ll Goldey-Beacom College
Mikyla Rineer (field hockey) : Division ll Frostburg State University
Hunter Silvaggio (lacrosse) : Division lll Washington College
Ashton Taylor (football) : Division lll Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Alaina Culbert, daughter of Ben and Becky Culbert, is a three-year varsity starter for the CVHS field hockey team, a three-time Districts qualifier, a Section 1 All Star as a senior, and was named to the Lancaster Lebanon (L-L) League Academic All-Star team and the PSFHCA All-State Academic Team. This year, she was the third leading scorer in Section 1. She is also a member of the Spooky Nook Field Hockey Academy.
Culbert is an Honor Roll student at CVHS and is active in National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, SADD, Link Crew, Student Council, and was a member of the CVHS Lacrosse team for three years.
Culbert intends to major in Communications at Millersville University.
Jamie Handwerger is the daughter of Barry and Robin Handwerger. She is a two-year varsity starter for the CVHS lacrosse team and an L-L League Second-team All-Star her junior year. She helped her team advance to the League and District Championship her sophomore year and has 297 saves to date with a save percentage of 56.5.
Outside of school and lacrosse, Handwerger played club lacrosse for the Phantastix West and PA United, is active in her church youth group high school ministry, she is a first-grade religious education teacher, and volunteers at Mennonite Disaster Service.
Handwerger is planning on majoring in Biology at Lebanon Valley College.
Rebecca Hartranft is the daughter of Jennie and Josh Hartranft. She was a four-year varsity starter on the volleyball team, a three-time L-L League Section 1 All-Star, a Second Team District All-Star, and led her team to the best four-year record since 2009. She has led the Buckskins in kills for the past three seasons.
Hartranft is an Honor Roll student who participated on the Central Penn Club Volleyball team for four years, played travel softball for two years, and was a four-year varsity player for the CVHS basketball and softball teams. In addition to her volleyball accomplishments, her softball career at CVHS highlighted being named Second-Team All-State as a junior and was a 2021 Phillies Carpenter Cup selection.
Hartranft plans to major in Sports Administration at Millersville University.
Rhiannon Henry, daughter of Dina and Jeremiah Henry, is a four year starter on the CVHS softball team as a pitcher and middle infielder. She earned L-L League All-Star status twice, was a two-time Phillies Carpenter Cup selection, a Second Team All-State pitcher as a junior, and holds the most strikeouts (188) in a CV season from 43 feet; this also marks the second-most strikeouts in program history from any distance.
Henry is an honor roll student who is also involved in National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, and has played travel softball for seven years. In addition to softball, she is a four year varsity player for both basketball and volleyball at CVHS and is currently a team captain and leading her team in points this basketball season. Henry is also a member of the Spooky Nook Softball Academy and her team placed second at Nationals in 2020 while Henry picked up Defensive MVP honors.
Henry is headed to West Chester University to major in English with a concentration in writing.
Sophia Hess is the daughter of Wendy and Matt Hess. She is a four-year varsity starter at midfield for the CVHS lacrosse team and led her team in scoring as a junior. As a sophomore, she helped her team advance to the League and District finals for the first time since 2007.
Hess also played field hockey for CVHS for three years, participates in SADD, and is a member of the Army National Guard.
Hess intends to major in Sports Management at Albright College.
Jordyn Hironimus is the daughter of Tonya and Tom Hironimous. The senior attack is a three-year starter for the CVHS lacrosse team and helped her team advance to the League and District Championships her sophomore year for the first time since 2007.
Through her time at CVHS, Hironimus was also part of the girls volleyball team for three years, is a distinguished honor roll student, and is an active member in SADD.
Hironimus will major in Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College.
Riley Houck, daughter of Chad and Debi Houck, is a senior goalkeeper who played varsity girls soccer for CVHS her sophomore and junior years. She is a member of the Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, having spent three years on the Development Academy and three years in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). Her career with ECNL was highlighted by advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2022.
As an Honor Roll student, Houck is a member of National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, SADD, Link Crew, the Superintendent Council and is the president of CV Unified.
Houck is planning on studying Public Health with a minor in Health Studies at Fairfield University.
David Irwin, son of Duane and Stacy Irwin, is a senior defender and four-year varsity starter for the CVHS boys soccer team. He earned L-L League All-Star honors his final two seasons and was named defensive MVP for CV. He helped his team qualify for district playoffs all four years of his career, advancing to the District quarterfinals his sophomore and senior seasons.
Irwin is an Honor Roll student who is involved in pickleball club, played volleyball his freshman year and football his senior year. He qualified and competed in the Irish Dance World Championship twice.
Irwin plans to follow the pre-med track at Millersville University.
Anna Kauffman is the daughter of Laura and Abiel Kauffman. She is a senior defender as a two-year varsity starter for the CVHS girl soccer team, and is a member of the Lancaster Inferno Club team where she won the State Cup with her team.
Kauffman is a Distinguished Honor Roll student who played two years of lacrosse with CVHS and is a very active member in National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, Link Crew, Focus, TSA, TV Studio, and has been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Yearbook club. She is a grand champion of the school science fair, has placed second in the State TSA Logo Design Competition, and has earned a merit award for more than 32 hours of community service in her efforts to feed the homeless.
Kauffman will major in Film and Video Arts and minor in Graphic Design at Lycoming College.
Sophia Livingston, daughter of Brooke and Fin Livingston, is a three-year varsity starter for the CVHS field hockey team. She was named L-L League Section 1 All-Star, L-L All-League player, and earned First-Team All-State Recognition. Her X-Calibur club team was also the National Hockey Festival Champion.
An Honor Roll student, Livingston is the Vice President of Student Council, a member of National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, a selection committee member of the Abigail Longnecker Memorial Foundation, and was named to the L-L League All-Academic Team and the PSFHCA All-State Academic Team.
Livingston intends to major in business at Kent State University.
Zach Phy is the son of Aaron and Tiffany Phy. He is a four-year member of CVHS track and field with his main events being the 400 meter run and hurdles. As a junior, he was a district qualifier in the 300 hurdles and in the 4 x 400-meter relay.
Phy is an Honor Roll student and was selected as an L-L League Academic All-Star. Aside from track and field, he played for the CVHS football team for three years as a wide receiver and cornerback.
Phy intends to major in finance at Goldey-Beacom College.
Mikyla Rineer is the daughter of Jen and Darren Schiefer. As a forward for the CVHS field hockey team, she led Section One in scoring this season and was named an L-L League Section 1 All-Star, an All-League Selection, First-Team PSFHCA All-State recognition, and helped her team qualify for District Playoffs three times throughout her career.
A Distinguished Honor Roll student, Rineer played four years of lacrosse for CVHS and is a member of Link Crew and SADD. She was named an L-L League Academic All-Star and a PSFHCA All-State Academic All-Star.
Rineer plans to major in Exercise/Sport Science and Athletic Training at Frostburg State University.
Hunter Silvaggio, son of Beth and Chris Silvaggio, is a four-year varsity letterman as a senior midfielder for the CVHS boys lacrosse team. He is a two-time L-L League All-Star and helped his team make an appearance in the District playoffs his sophomore year.
Silvaggio is a Distinguished Honor Roll student and is a member of National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, and was named an L-L League Academic All-Star. He is a regular volunteer at the Science Factory, and he earned a varsity letter with the CVHS football team his senior year.
Silvaggio will major in Environmental Science, following the Pre-Law track at Washington College.
Ashton Taylor is the son of Camron Smalls. He was a four-year member of the CVHS football team as an offensive and defensive tackle. In 2022, he earned a spot on the 2022 L-L League Honorable Mention All-Star team.
Aside from his career as a football player for CVHS, Taylor also plans to be a part of the CVHS track and field team this spring.
Taylor plans to study Civil Engineering at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.