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Brenden Aaronson joins fellow YSC Academy grads before the game in uniform

Aaronson, Bethlehem Steel FC defender Ben Ofeimu and 23 other graduates from YSC Academy were honored before Saturday’s game against the Red Bulls

Photo by Matt Ralph

Brenden Aaronson showed up to his high school graduation after training on Friday and on Saturday joined his classmates before the New York Red Bulls wearing his warmup uniform and a graduation cap.

Aaronson was joined by Bethlehem Steel FC defender Ben Ofeimu and 23 other graduates. The 18-year-old from Medford, N.J. made his 13th start and 15th appearance for the first team in the game.

He plans to pursue an online degree through Southern New Hampshire University, which has a partnership with the league.

2019 YSC Academy Graduates
Brenden Aaronson, Philadelphia Union, SNHU online
Ben Ofeimu, Bethlehem Steel FC
Obafemi Awodesu, post-grad year
Ryan Becher, UMBC
Marco Bla, Old Dominion
Nick Blacklock, Virginia Tech
Liam Cummings, Temple
Eion Gawronski, Temple
Kemali Green, post-grad year
Nathan Harriel, post-grad year
Tyler Kaplan, Ithaca College
Brady McSwain, Cornell
MD Myers, High Point
Michael Pellegrino, Notre Dame
Axel Picazo, post-grad year
Tomas Romero, Georgetown
Kris Shakes, Penn State
Antek Sankiel, Marist
Sean Smolyn, Saint Francis
Jackson Temple, Rutgers
Tonny Temple, NC State
Cole Turner, Naval Academy
JD Wagner, Naval Academy
Daniel Yallah, Harcum College