Montini Catholic recently congratulated senior, (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back) Matthew Quaglia, for his commitment to join the University of Chicago's football program in the fall of 2018. Matt, whose football interest was sparked at the young age of 7, is looking very forward to his future as a Maroon!
In addition to his skills on the football field, Matt's avid enthusiasm for track has led him to be a two sport all-state athlete in both sports. It is the team comradery achieved by being a member of the Bronco football team for four hears, however, that has made a lasting impression on him." Participating in the Illinois State Championship twice with my team (freshman and sophomore years) has been the highlight of my high school football career," he said.
Matt also keeps academics high on his priority list and is very prepared for the demands of college. He is a member of Montini's National Honor Society, Student Government and also achieves High Honor Roll status each semester. He was named Academic All Conference for the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) this past fall and was most recently named an Illinois State Scholar, representing the top 10% of high school seniors.
Although he considered Washington University, Johns Hopkins and Columbia, it was the University of Chicago that represented the proper fit for Matt. "The academic reputation of the school was very impressive," he said. "The outstanding coaching staff and current football players also swayed my decision to commit.
"I'm very excited to be going out on my own and meeting new people," added Matt, who plans to major in Economics.
His parents (Paul and Lynette Quaglia) could not be more proud or happy with his college decision. "My parents have always been super supportive of me and are always trying to help me do the best that I can."
Matt also credits Montini for helping to prepare him for the rigors of college life as an athlete.
"The combination of AP courses provided and business classes in economics and accounting are helping me to learn different areas of study that relate to my intended major."
"Montini teachers have always been willing to go the extra mile to help any student, which I think makes Montini special. My coaches in both football and track have helped me become a better athlete and mentally tougher on and off the field," says Matthew. "And, my teammates, who have been supportive of me throughout high school, will be my friends for life."
"The college decision process is a long and daunting one," said Athletic Director, Tom Lentine. "I am very proud of and congratulate Matthew for committing to his decision. I know his family is very proud of him and I am confident that he will achieve great success at the University of Chicago both athletically and academically."
Matt Quaglia is from Westmont and attended St. Mary of Gostyn Grade School and is a member of St. Mary of Gostyn Parish