SMES Student-Athletes Commit to Top Colleges During Winter National Signing Day

St. Margaret's Episcopal School is pleased to announce that senior student-athletes Nick Amoukhteh, Kevin Caruana, Tyler Horgan, George Krantz, Nick Krantz, Auston Locke, Cameron Manor, Anne Otterbein and Elise Talley are heading to impressive universities where they will continue their academic pursuits, as well as compete in athletics on the college stage.

Nick Amoukhteh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nick Amoukhteh, two-year football team captain and a four-year varsity letterman, will play football at NCAA Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

Nick is a two-time All-CIF and All-Academy League linebacker for the 2014 CIF-SS and CIF State Regional Champion Tartans. At St. Margaret's, Nick also is the school record holder in the shot put while being named to the All-Academy League teams for the shot put and discus events.

Nick has spent his free hours creating a basketball league for special needs middle schoolers and plans on majoring in physics at RPI.

Kevin Caruana, Colorado College

Senior defenseman Kevin Caruana has committed to play lacrosse at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. Caruana has been a mainstay for the Tartan defense.

Colorado College competes as an independent in NCAA Div. III lacrosse and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

Tyler Horgan, Chapman University

Tyler Horgan, who currently is ranked sixth in Orange County in scoring, will play basketball at NCAA Division III Chapman University in Orange.

Tyler, a First-Team All-Academy League selection in 2016 was also named to the Tri-City Christian Tournament All-Tournament team and as the Tartan Classic Tournament MVP during the 2016-2017 season.

Tyler has spent his volunteer efforts with various entities through St. Magaret's.

George Krantz, University of Chicago

George Krantz, football team captain and three-year varsity starter at quarterback, has committed to play football at NCAA Division III The University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

George, a member of the Tartan 2014 CIF-SS and CIF State Regional Championship football teams, holds the school record for passing touchdowns (106) and passing yards (7,666). George was twice named as an All-CIF and All-Academy League First Team honoree.

George has been active in the community, volunteering his time with the Loves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Santa Ana. George intends to major in economics or film studies at The University of Chicago.

Nick Krantz, Washington University in St. Louis

Nick Krantz, two-time football team captain and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, will play football at NCAA Division III Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Nick was a member of a prolific Tartan offensive unit that averaged 50 points per game, ranking it first in CIF Division VII. A winner of the "Tartan" award in both football and track and field, Nick was also a member of the 2016 CIF medalist and school record holding 4x100 relay team.

Nick has volunteered at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and has worked to donate Build-a-Bears through Build-a-Bear Workshops during the holiday season. Nick intends on majoring in business or finance at Washington University.

Auston Locke, University of San Diego

Auston Locke, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awardee will play Football for NCAA Division I-AA University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif. Auston has been awarded an academic scholarship to the university.

Auston is a member of the Tartan 2014 CIF-SS and CIF State Regional Championship football teams and was the leading receiver in yards in 2015 and 2016. Auston was named a First-Team All-CIF honoree and a two-time First-Team All-Academy League selection.

At St. Margaret's, Auston also competed for the Tartan baseball program, earning First-Team All-Academy League honors three times, and the track and field program where he was named Academy League MVP, First-Team All-Academy League and was a member of the 2016 CIF medalist and school record holding 4x100 relay team. In the spring of 2016, Auston was named St. Margaret's "Male Athlete of the Year" for his outstanding contributions to the Tartan baseball, football, track & field and surfing programs.

Auston has volunteered with the Brookdale Senior Assisted Living Center.

Auston intends to major in Pre-Med at the University of San Diego.

Cameron Manor, United States Military Academy

Cameron Manor, a two-time lacrosse team captain and 2016 All-American selection will play lacrosse at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Cameron, a member of the No. 2-ranked 2016 Tartan girls lacrosse squad that finished 14-2, was also named as a First-Team All-Orange County selection in 2015 and 2016. Cameron was also selected to the Orange County team that competed at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament in 2014 and 2015.

Cameron has volunteered her time as a tutor for Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano since 2013 and embarked on a missionary trip to Rwanda in central Africa in 2013.

Cameron intends to major in Pre-Med or Military Intelligence at West Point.

Anne Otterbein, Emory University

Anne Otterbein, a member of the 2014 CIF champion Tartan soccer team, has committed to play soccer at NCAA Division III Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

Anne is a 2016 First-Team All-Academy League honoree and a member of the 2015 and 2016 Academy League champion soccer teams. Also at St. Margaret's, Anne holds the Crean Lutheran Stadium records in the 4x400 relay and 300m hurdles and holds the record for the third-fastest 300m hurdles time in school history. Anne also was a CIF Finalist in the 4x400 relay in 2016.

Anne has volunteered at Special Camp for Special Kids and the PIMCO Foundation and is the founder and president of the Generosity Closet Club at St. Margaret's. Anne also has served as a youth soccer camp assistant coach and vacation bible camp counselor.

Anne plans on majoring in business at Emory.

Elise Talley, Swarthmore College

Elise Talley, a 2017 Academy League doubles champion and CIF-SS doubles quarterfinalist, will play tennis at NCAA Division III Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa.

Elise is the 2016 and 2017 Academy League MVP as well as the 2016 Academy League singles champion and 2016 CIF-SS Singles second-round qualifier. Elise also led the Tartans to the 2014 CIF-SS quarterfinals.

Elise is the founder and president of St. Margaret's Baking Club which has logged over 122 hours of community service and raised more than $1,500 for several charities.

Elise intends to major in economics at Swarthmore.

"Today marks the pinnacle of achievement for a high school athlete and this year’s group has truly put their athletic and academic diversity on display. They play multiple sports, participate in the arts, and take some of the most challenging classes available. It has been an honor to work with them, and we are always thrilled to see students take full advantage of what St. Margaret's has to offer," remarked Director of Athletics Patrick Bendzick.
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