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Summer of Saints: Haily Santorsola '19

Meredith Berry-Toon

Haily '19 has been playing lacrosse since she was in the third grade, but growing up in Washington state, she didn't have as many playing options as she hoped for by the time she arrived at high school. "Lacrosse is really popular on the East Coast, but the growth has been a bit slower on the West Coast," she remarks. With fewer competitive leagues and options for joining traveling teams, Haily figured that her athletic passion would eventually bring her east.

Haily attended school in Spokane, WA a small community on the east side of the state. Her dad attended the Air Force Academy, and from a young age, Haily knew she wanted to follow in similar footsteps and serve in the Armed Forces. When she began playing lacrosse and quickly grew a love of the sport, she realized early on that she too wanted that to be part of her college career.

To attend one of the five services academies and to continue her athletic passion with the intensity that she wanted, she knew she would eventually have to come east. It is at this intersection that Haily decided to attend Canterbury for a postgraduate year.

Haily is one of many students over the last decade who have attended Canterbury as a postgraduate student in preparation for admittance to the United States Military Academy (West Point) in nearby Orange County, New York. Haily chose Canterbury because of the School's relationship with West Point, the academic reputation, and the strength of the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse program. She spoke at length with Gigi Schullery, a Canterbury class of 2018 graduate who will attend West Point Academy, NY in the fall. Gigi '18 plans to play lacrosse for their Division 1 program and spoke to Haily about how Canterbury's academic program and lacrosse team helped prepare her for the military academy's admission process. With input and guidance from Girls' Lacrosse Coach Lindsay Mulhern, Haily arrived at her decision to attend Canterbury. "I know it will help me so much in the long run," she says.

While the lacrosse season doesn't start until the spring, Haily is looking forward to trying out for the field hockey or volleyball team in the fall—sports that she doesn't have as much experience in but will be fun and help her prepare for the physical component of the admission test.

"I'm looking forward to it all," she notes. "This year at Canterbury will help me get and where I want to go."