St. Margaret's Episcopal School is proud to announce that five student-athletes from the Class of 2022 committed to play intercollegiate athletics next year during the spring National Signing Day. Seniors Dylan Cormac, Makenna Lizarde, Justin O'Donnell, Thalia Pollard and Jack Ruff will continue their academic pursuits and play their respective sports at an impressive group of colleges and universities.
These student-athletes join 14 of their classmates who committed during the signing periods in the fall
. Dylan Cormac
, Franklin & Marshall College
Dylan Cormac, a First Team All-CIF selection in basketball, has committed to study and play basketball at NCAA Division-III Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.
Dylan, a four-year member of the Tartan boys basketball program, averaged 23 points per game and made 95 three-point baskets in 20 games with a 44% shooting percentage from the three-point line in the 2021-2022 season.
Dylan has also excelled in the classroom, attaining Head of School honors at St. Margaret's. Dylan intends on majoring in business at Franklin & Marshall. Makenna Lizarde
, Chapman University
Makenna Lizarde, a 2021 CIF finalist in the 200-meter dash, will continue her academic career and run Track at NCAA Division-III Chapman University in Orange.
Makenna is an integral part of the CIF Div. IV No. 6-ranked Tartan 4x100 team and an accomplished relay runner.
Makenna volunteers her time with Project Linus, Kids Around the World, and St. Margaret's Helping Hands club.
An Honor Roll awardee at St. Margaret's, Makenna plans on majoring in sociology at Chapman. Justin O'Donnell
, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Justin O'Donnell, a Tartan boys soccer 2019 CIF Finalist squad member, has committed to study and play soccer at NCAA Division-III Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Justin led the Tartan boys soccer program to the CIF Quarterfinals in 2022, recording seven shutouts as the team's goalkeeper.
Excelling on the field and in the classroom as a Head of School Honors recipient, Justin intends on majoring in mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman.Thalia Pollard
, Chapman University
Thalia Pollard has committed to continue her academic and lacrosse careers at NCAA Division-III Chapman University in Orange.
Pollard is a four-year member of the Tartan girls lacrosse program and a 2019 U.S Lacrosse Southern Section Champion. At the club level, Pollard has been active with the Victory Select, Orange County Aces, MadDog Elite, SoCal Express and Renegade Lacrosse programs.
Pollard has also excelled in the classroom, attaining Head of School Honors at St. Margaret's, and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Spanish Honor Society.
Pollard has volunteered her time as an ambassador for Girl Scouts Orange County, earning both Bronze and Silver Awards and Special Camp, St. Margaret's Admissions Ambassadors, Laura's House, and is a SMES Tide Club Member.
Pollard intends on majoring in business with an emphasis in real estate at Chapman. Jack Ruff
, The University of Chicago
Jack Ruff, a member of the Tartans 2021 CIF Finalist football team, has committed to study and play football at NCAA Division-III The University of Chicago in Chicago.
Jack passed for 2,994 yards on 247 completions with 44 touchdowns in St. Margaret's 2021 campaign. He also rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
Jack has volunteered his time at St. Margaret's as a Wee Tartan mentor, as a member of the honor committee and with St. Jude's Children's Hospital Touchdowns for Cancer program.
Jack, a Head of School Honors recipient, intends to major in business economics with an emphasis in finance at U of Chicago.
"Today's signings bring our total to 19 student-athletes this year who will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. For some perspective on this, approximately 7% of all high school athletes are given the opportunity to compete in college across the country, and St. Margaret's is well above that," said St. Margaret's Director of Athletics Chris Nordstrom. "Truly an amazing accomplishment that speaks to the level of dedication and commitment from our school's athletes, teachers, counselors, and administrators."