After playing ice hockey for more than a decade, Ford said he was looking for a school based on the athletics. Though he isn't planning to declare his major until his sophomore year, which was recommended to him, he's interested in economics, political science and American history.
His decision to go to Harvard and sign on for the hockey team was made "pretty early," Ford said.
Pille said the package of academics and athletics was what drew her to Niagara.
"I'm glad to have the opportunity to play in college," she said.
While she'll be about two and a half hours from home, the chance to meet new people is exciting, Pille said.
With all the athletes leaving home for school, some are nervous but all are excited to embark on their newest journey.
"I'm nervous. I've always been a family person," said Angelillo, who will be about an hour from home. "My parents are going to be empty-nesters."
Ford, who has already experienced leaving home when he went to Iowa for a year to play hockey, said he'll miss his family, but he's excited at the same time.
According to Director of Athletics Rick Pound, the students' accomplishments on the field, track and ice are accolades for the school and sports programs.
"When we say these young student athletes have represented our school very well, they deserve a round of applause," Pound said.
Athletics accomplishments by the foursome for the 2008-09 school year include being part of 20 out of 23 varsity teams that qualified for the New York State Scholar Athlete Award, five Section III champions, six Section III finalists and two Section III semi-finalists.