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Twin signing - Dorundas commit to colleges

The two-for-one deal was twice as nice.

Both three-sport athletes for all four of their years at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, twins Abigail and Michael Dorunda ’24 committed to their respective colleges during a large ceremony in the Athletic Center on March 22.

Abigail will enter the nursing program and compete in soccer and track at Division III St. John Fisher University in Rochester, N.Y., while Michael will major in law and join the cross country team at Division I Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Advisors Russ Held (Michael) and Durelle Brown (Abigail) provided opening remarks.

As seniors, Abigail has been a member of the soccer, basketball and spring track teams, while Michael has competed in soccer, winter track and spring track.


Abby on when she knew St. John Fisher was the right fit: “When I went for my official visit and I met with the girls on the soccer team, and then I shadowed someone in one of the nursing classes, I felt it was a place I would fit. And the coaches could not have been nicer. They were the key pieces that drew me to that school.”

Abby on the similarities between WMA and St. John Fisher: “St. John Fisher reminded me of the WMA community, how everyone gets to know you and wants to see you succeed.”

Michael on what drew him to Quinnipiac: “Their law program. Also, going to the school and stepping on campus, I was immediately in awe of everything. All the people seemed like people I’d like to hang out with. The athletics, to watch and participate in, both seemed amazing – national champs in (men’s) hockey, regular season conference champs in (men’s) basketball. And talking to the coach, he seemed like the best guy I’ve ever met, especially running wise. He was so nice. Everything about the school sold me.”

Michael on how WMA helped him: “WMA has given me a second family. Every faculty member, advisor, college counselor, friend, teammate, coach – they’ve all been in my corner supporting me the entire time. Without them, I wouldn’t (be in this position) today; I wouldn’t have the grades I do; I wouldn’t have the work ethic I have; I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today; I wouldn’t have the ambitions I have for myself. They taught me to reach for my dreams and gave me the opportunity to get there.”


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