Marian High School is proud to announce that 16 Crusader student-athletes signed letters of intent today. While they have displayed stellar performances on the court and field, their time spent in the classroom and community is just as impressive.

Caijah Anderson ’20 will play soccer at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Caijah is the daughter of Sarah and Jamar Anderson and plans to study in the medical field at the University of Missouri. Caijah has lettered twice in her high school soccer career. She has also been captain of her club soccer team and was named that team’s Young Player of the Year in 2017. Caijah is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club and IDEAS Club. She teaches youth services at her church, has coached children in soccer, and has lead and participated in numerous service projects.

Kylie Anderson ’20 is signing to play soccer at College of Saint Mary. Alexis is the daughter of Wendy and William Anderson and plans to study nursing at Saint Mary with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse. Her junior year, she was Marian’s second leading goal scorer. Kylie is also the captain of her club soccer team. She is a member of Knitting Club and Sundae Wednesday Club, and she has volunteered to coach children with disabilities, Christmas shop with blind and deaf children, and help at a soup kitchen.

Grace Crockett ’20 will play soccer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Grace is the daughter of Mary and Tim Crockett, and plans to study on the prehealth track at UNO. Grace was a member of the metro soccer team and the All-State First Team. She was also a recipient of the Academic All-State Award. Grace is a member of Latin Club, CEOs Club and Student Board.

Claire Hartley ’20 is signing to dive at the University of Iowa where she plans to study radiation sciences. Claire is the daughter of Natasha and John Hartley. Prior to joining the Marian team as a freshman, Claire had never competed as a diver. With a background in gymnastics, Claire continued to improve with each season. In just three years as a competitive diver at Marian, Claire has earned seven medals and numerous top 10 finishes. Last year she placed 2nd at the metro conference meet and 3rd at the state meet.  

Hannah Heinert ’20 is signing to play soccer at Oral Roberts University. Hannah is the daughter of Amber and Thomas Heinert and plans to study on the prehealth track at Oral Roberts. Hannah is not only a member of the Marian soccer team, she’s on the Marian basketball team as well. She is a member of National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. Hannah is also involved in Pro-Life Club and volunteers at the Open Door Mission.

Payton Kirchhoefer ’20 will play volleyball at Northwest Missouri State University. Payton is the daughter of Kari and Dave Kirchhoefer and plans to study education at Northwest Missouri State. She is a member of National Honor Society and Marian’s Faith in Action Team. Payton is also a leader for freshman and senior retreats and a student athletic trainer.

Megan Lawson ’20 is signing to play softball at the University of Sioux Falls. Megan is the daughter of Annette and David Lawson and plans to study exercise science at the University of Sioux Falls. A three-time letter winner, she has also received the All-Academic award and the Honorable Mention award. Megan also plays club softball at Nebraska Gold. She has been involved in Marian’s Big Sister program, CEOs Club, Technical Aid Resource Students and community service with Mary Our Queen parish.

Katelyn Malick ’20 will play volleyball at Benedictine College. Katelyn is the daughter of Sharon and Kevin Malick and plans to study science at Benedictine. Katelyn is a varsity volleyball letter winner. She is Math Club President, a Spanish Club officer, a student athletic trainer and a freshman retreat leader. Katelyn is a member of Operation Others, National Honor Society, as well as Marian’s English, Math, Science, Spanish and Social Studies National Honor Societies.

Olivia Mathews ’20 is signing for track and field at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Olivia is the daughter of Laura Foix and plans to study biology on a premedicine track at Nebraska Wesleyan. Olivia is a two-time varsity track letter winner and received Marian track’s “Most Improved Player” award in 2018. She placed in both the state and national levels of the Junior Olympics at Drake University. In addition to track, Olivia has played club softball for six years. She is a member of Operation Others, IDEAS Club core team, Project Welcome, as well as a tutor at St. Pius/St. Leo.

Sarah Montague ’20 will play volleyball at Rockhurst University. Sarah is the daughter of Tricia and Rick Montague. She is the Marian varsity volleyball team captain and a varsity volleyball letter winner, was named to the Academic All-State Honor Roll and was an All-State Honorable Mention. Sarah is also the captain of the Premier volleyball team. At Marian, she is a member of National Honor Society, as well as the Social Studies, Math, English, Science and Spanish National Honor Societies. She is an EMHC, freshman and senior retreat leader, a Science Club core team member and a Marian Students for Life core team member. Sarah also volunteers with the Special Olympics.

Lizzy Musilek ’20 is signing to play soccer at Missouri Western State University. Lizzy is the daughter of Kim and Bob Musilek and plans to study psychology at Missouri Western. Lizzy played for Marian’s JV soccer team her freshman and sophomore years. She is captain of her club soccer team that has won multiple championships. She was also named a part of Nebraska State Soccer’s Girls Nebraska Best IX. In addition to soccer, she is involved in French Club, Girls for Girls Club, Art Club, Hearts of Marian and Yoga Club. Lizzy has also participated in multiple service projects throughout her high school career.

Maggie Pallesen ’20 will play soccer at the University of South Dakota. Maggie is the daughter of  Kathleen and Mike Pallesen and plans to study business at the University of South Dakota. She and her club team have been Nebraska State Cup champions four times, USYS Region II qualifiers four times and have qualified for the USYS National Championship. Maggie received the Academic All-State Award for both soccer and basketball. She has also been an All-State Honorable Mention and named Defensive Player of the Year during her basketball career at Marian. Outside of athletics, Maggie is involved CEOs Club and Operation Others at Marian, and she volunteers with Football for the World.

Isabella Pantano ’20 will be swimming for the University of South Carolina. Isabella is the daughter of Stephanie and Robb Pantano and plans to study business management at the University of South Carolina. In her time at Marian, Isabella has broken the school record for the 100 Fly, as well as school and metro records for the 100 Back and 200 Medley Relay. She’s a two-time state champion in the 100 Back and the 2019 state champion in the 200 Medley Relay. Isabella is a member of the Metro Academic Team and a recipient of the Academic All-State Award. She’s also a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. When she’s not swimming, she’s a member of the French Club, the Student Union, CEOs Club and a volunteer at Children’s Hospital.

Rilee Silvain ’20 will play soccer at Hastings College. Rilee is the daughter of Jan Silvain and Carlos Silvain and plans to study nursing at Hastings. Off the field, Rilee is a member of Lolo’s Angels, Operation Others and the Marian journalism team.

Parker Stafford ’20 will play basketball at Eastern Illinois University. Parker is the daughter of Tara and Delanie Stafford and is still deciding what she will study at Eastern Illinois University. Parker has been a three-sport varsity athlete in her high school career, playing basketball and soccer and running track. Her sophomore year, she received Marian track’s Most Improved Award. She was also an All-Metro Honorable mention last year. Outside of athletics, Parker has been a member of CEOs Club, National Honor Society and Human Trafficking Awareness Club. She’s also been a tutor and a volunteer at the Open Door Mission.

Brooke Wigdahl ’20 will be a part of the cross country/track team at the College of Saint Mary. Brooke is the daughter of Julie and Nathan Wigdahl and plans to study English at the College of Saint Mary. Brooke has lettered seven times in her cross country/track career. She also plays recreational volleyball and has volunteered at Completely Kids.