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For Immediate Release
November 2, 2021


Future Sharks! Three Outstanding High School Student Athletes Commit to Suffolk County Community College

Future SHARKS! From left: Babylon High School basketball player Gemma Mendola; Lindenhurst High School women’s softball players Keelynn Kelly and Kaylin McDonald sign letters of intent to attend Suffolk County Community College.
Future SHARKS! From left: Babylon High School basketball player Gemma Mendola; Lindenhurst High School women’s softball players Keelynn Kelly and Kaylin McDonald sign letters of intent to attend Suffolk County Community College.

Three outstanding high school student athletes, women’s basketball point and shooting guard Gemma Mendola from Babylon High School and women’s softball players -- both from Lindenhurst High School -- Keelynn Kelly and Kaylin McDonald have signed letters of intent to attend Suffolk County Community College next fall.

“By signing a letter of intent,” explained Suffolk County Community College Athletics Director Neftali Collazo, “these student athletes are committing to Suffolk for the academic year, just as Suffolk is committing to these outstanding young ladies. We are committed to both their academic and athletic success and proud to call them Sharks!”

Gemma Mendola is an all-league point and shooting guard who plans to enter Suffolk’s Emergency Medical technician program. Mendola said she plans to “excel both on and off the court.”

Lindenhurst softball player Keelynn Kelly, a League II 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2021 All Division, All County and All State 4th Team player, said she’s excited to play college softball. Kelly said she intends to major in criminal justice and is looking forward to excelling both academically and on the field.

Lindehurst High School’s Kaylin McDonald, a centerfielder, middle infield and utility player plans to major in liberal arts and general studies at Suffolk and said she is excited to continue playing softball and start her future. “I would love to maintain a 4.0 GPA and win an athletics award,” McDonald said.