RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy and Principal Steven Woodward are pleased to announce that Raymond High School senior Anya Cunningham signed a national letter of intent to Merrimack College during a ceremony held last week.
On Friday, Feb. 12, Cunningham, the daughter John and Cori Cunningham, signed her commitment letter to Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. She will compete as a javelin thrower on the college’s track and field team. While attending college, Cunningham plans to study nursing.
Cunningham has been a student-athlete for all four years of high school, competing on the varsity soccer team and the track and field team. She was a member of the 2017 State Championship varsity soccer team and qualified for the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) State Meet as javelin thrower in 2018 and 2019, where she placed 7th. She was a 2019 Heptathlon participant for the schools’ track and field team, and named a New Hampshire Senior Scholar Athlete in 2021.
Cunningham is also an independent gymnast in the NHIAA Gymnastics State Championships, qualifying for the New England Championships in 2018 and 2020. She competed in the 2021 State Championships this past weekend as well, placing 7th all around, 6th on the beam and 10th on the vault.
In academics, Cunningham is a Top Ten student and a member of the National Honors Society. She has attended the Seacoast School of Technology, taken courses at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS), completed an extended learning opportunity (ELO) in the healthcare field and is in the process of completing her certification a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA).
“When I think of multiple pathways students can take on their way toward graduating, Anya Cunningham exemplifies this. She has been a visible presence both on and off the field at Raymond High School,” Principal Woodward said. “We wish Anya as much success as a Warrior as she has had as a Ram and congratulate her on this well-deserved opportunity.”
This was the first ceremony held at RHS since 2017.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this incredible achievement with Anya and her family,” Superintendent McCoy said. “She has excelled in both academics and athletics, and is a prime example of the incredible group of students that make up Raymond High School. We wish her all the best at Merrimack College next year and look forward to seeing what more she will accomplish.”