Athletic Director Danielle Dayton spoke at the signing ceremony:
“Vanessa has been a student-athlete and leader in our community for four years. Her career has been marked by the Quaker value of resilience. Vanessa has come back from not one, but two major knee surgeries, over the past four years. In just two years, Vanessa scored 48 goals and dished out 27 assists. Her play, however, was marked by unselfishness and a team-first attitude. This was on full display for the entire state of New Jersey as she and our other four seniors led the team to the South Jersey sectional championship this season.”
Head of School Larry Van Meter and Upper School Director Justin Brandon also spoke at the signing event.
“Vanessa was one of the captains of the team this year, and she defines the term student-athlete,” said Brandon. “She works hard and does well in the classroom. Vanessa possesses an admirable level of dedication to soccer, fitness, and physical well-being that has allowed her to get this point in her soccer career. There are not many athletes in the United States that have the opportunity to compete at the highest collegiate level, and Vanessa will have the opportunity to do so as a Drexel Dragon.”
Finally, Danielle Dayton shared words from Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Keith Harman, who was out of town:
“You have given Moorestown Friends athletes in all sports great pride and determination, plus you have set great goals with true beliefs for our soccer team going forward,” Harman wrote. “And for that, I thank you. Drexel is lucky to have you.”