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Eight Flintridge Prep students sign to collegiate sports
D2/D3 Athletics Signing Day

Seniors Zaria Echemendia, Jaleen Tseng, Noah Willingham, Henry Morrison, Kevin Zhang, Warren Nam, Katharina Zirn, and Athan Boutakidis (not pictured).

On May 15, Flintridge Preparatory School held a special College Signing Day ceremony to celebrate the eight Flintridge Prep students who signed to play Division 2, 3, and NAIA collegiate sports. These athletes sacrificed hours of their time to practice, travel, and competition in order to participate in athletics at a high level, even despite missing valuable playing time during their freshman year. Their commitment to continue on in college speaks to the true spirit of a Flintridge Prep scholar-athlete—approaching their academic work and their sport with engagement and resilience in equal measure. 

Athletic Director Sean Beattie opened the ceremony by saying, “I have been more than happy to watch you grow on this campus, and it’s been amazing to cheer you on from the sidelines. Thank you so much for all you’ve done for the school. Know that we are proud of you, and I know you will go on to do great things.”
Zaria Echemendia ’24, Division 3 Soccer at The Master’s University - A four-year starter for the girls soccer team under Coach Esteban Chavez, Zaria has helped her team win Prep League championship four years in a row and led them to their first CIF Division 1 game. She was All-Prep-League First Team three years in a row, and in her senior year, she received Defensive MVP of the Prep League. Zaria was also awarded Athlete of the Month by Flintridge Prep’s Athletic Council on Leadership and Player of the Game by MaxPreps after her game-winning goal against Chadwick.

Jaleen Tseng ’24, Division 3 Volleyball at Occidental College - Jaleen was a three-sport varsity athlete her sophomore year, playing basketball, track and field, and volleyball, but volleyball became her true passion, and she soon became a dominant defender on the court. As a starter on varsity all three years, she grew alongside her fellow Wolves. As team captain her senior year, she led the Wolves to a victory over Mayfield for the first time in 10 years and placed third in the Prep League. Tseng has contributed well over 400 digs for the Wolves, and a serve-receive passing average of 2.2 during her season(s). She has competed on club teams and went to Junior Nationals twice, as well as leading a volleyball camp for young players. She was also a strong competitor in track and field and medaled in the Prep League finals in the 4x400 relay her sophomore year.

Noah Willingham ’24, Football at Pomona-Pitzer - While he was a three-sport varsity athlete during his four years at Flintridge Prep, playing football under Coach Russell White was where Noah’s greatest accomplishments came. He led the team in touchdowns and yards as a sophomore starting running back. Willingham broke the all-time rushing touchdowns record with 41, and amassed 58 touchdowns across his three seasons. He also set the record for most rushing yards in a game with 382 and had six touchdowns against Sage Hill last season. Noah was awarded the Team MVP for two consecutive years while also being a First Team All-CIF and First Team All-League Selection for two years. He was named Offensive MVP of the Prep League his senior year, finishing with nearly 2,000 total yards and 25 touchdowns. Willingham was also a starter on the varsity basketball team, where the Wolves were back-to-back league champions; additionally, he contributed to the varsity track and field team, which won the league title during his senior year.

Henry Morrison ’24, Basketball at Middlebury College - Henry has been one of the only players in Flintridge Prep history with 1,000 points scored, and the only player in the school’s history with a triple-double with blocks. He also took home the Prep League MVP and Team MVP and was awarded First Team All-League honors and Second Team All-CIF Division 2. 

Kevin Zhang ’24, Football at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Despite not playing football until his sophomore year, Kevin immediately grew fond of the sport and was named the starting defensive end. In his junior year, he added an offensive line role, giving up zero sacks, leading to a Second Team All-League, All-CIF selection, and the Joe Miller Lineman Award from Flintridge Prep. In his senior year, Kevin continued to excel at both offense and defense, only giving up one sack on offense and racking up 26 total tackles, 16 of which were tackles for loss. He was selected First Team All-League, All-CIF, and was awarded his second Joe Miller lineman award from Flintridge Prep. Kevin was also an integral part of the soccer team, winning team defensive MVP and being named First Team All-League and also contributed to the track and field team his senior year. 

Warren Nam ’24, Division 3 Volleyball at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Warren played multiple sports growing up but unexpectedly found a passion for volleyball in middle school. During his four years on the varsity volleyball team at Flintridge Prep, he was a two-time undefeated Prep League champion, MVP, and Coach’s Award recipient. On his club volleyball team, Warren competed in the USA Division Finals at Nationals during the 2022-2023 season. He was also recognized and selected to play on a national top-five club team.

Katharina Zirn ’24, Track and Field at Carnegie Mellon – Despite joining the Flintridge Prep track and field team midway through the season during her junior year, Katharina became passionate about throws, and she transitioned her work ethic and athletic abilities from her many years of tennis to the field. In her junior year, she was awarded Prep League Field MVP, and placed third in CIF-SS D4 Shot Put Finals with a school record throw of 35’4”. A shoulder injury couldn’t stop her in her senior season as she adapted with her left arm, sweeping the league throws, winning Prep League Field MVP again, and setting a new school record in discus with a throw of 113’8”, ranking her third in CIF-SS D4 Discus Prelims.

Athan Boutakidis ’24, Swimming at California Institute of Technology - At age 6, Athan began swimming with the ATCC Dolphins under coach Steve Bergen. With a fantastic foundation built from his time with the Dolphins, he decided to join the RBAC team in hopes of competing at the highest levels. With the guidance of Coach Katherine Tse, Hector Jimenez, and Andrew Nguyen, Athan was able to compete in the Speedo Junior National championships and reach the time of 20.25 in the 50-yard freestyle. He would also like to thank Flintridge Prep’s coach, Ingrid Herskind, for giving him such a fun and competitive high school swim experience and helping his relay team break the Flintridge Prep 200-yard freestyle relay record.

This group joins Will Boyd ’24, (United States Naval Academy, soccer) and Nicholas Jin ’24 (University of Pennsylvania, fencing), who committed this fall to Division 1 schools.