A Quaker Valley High School senior has signed a letter of intent to compete in cross country at Southern New Hampshire University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Josh Szymanski has been awarded an athletic scholarship, SNHU’s Presidential Scholarship and he was accepted to the university’s honors program.
Josh is a four-year member of the Quaker Valley cross country and track teams. He helped lead the Quakers to three WPIAL cross country team championships and a PIAA state championship in 2011. Individually, he is a three-time qualifier for the PIAA state championships and two-time medalist at the WPIAL cross country finals.
SNHU’s cross country team is coached by Joanne Dow, a five-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier who competed in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
Josh is a member of the National Honor Society and earned Distinguished Honor Roll status each year in high school. In addition, he was named a finalist in the Ayn Rand Institute's worldwide 'Atlas Shrugged' essay contest from among 19,000 applicants.
Last year Josh was awarded the Challenge Program Award for his community service work with Encouraging Angels, non-profit organization serving the disabled and special needs population in the Quaker Valley community.
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