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2013 Salem News Student-Athletes

2013 Salem News Student-Athletes

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Nominees from 14 North Shore high schools, finalists for the Nelson Benton Scholarship. Student-athletes are nominated by their schools, and later interviewed by judges. A winner is announced at the annual dinner for the nominees and their families in early April.
Nominees from 14 North Shore high schools, finalists for the Nelson Benton Scholarship. Student-athletes are nominated by their schools, and later interviewed by judges. A winner is announced at the annual dinner for the nominees and their families in early April.

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Like a song you’ve lovedyour entire lie, it just keepsgetting better with age.At 51 years and still goingstrong, The Salem NewsStudent-Athlete o theYear Award carries with itprestige, honor and almostsix decades o North Shoresporting and academictradition.From the inaugural awardgiven in 1962 to Peter Zeit-zo o Beverly High — whenonly ootball players wereup or consideration — tothe present day, when thebest and brightest youngmen and women rom allwalks o lie and athleticendeavors are nominatedeach year, The Salem NewsStudent-Athlete Awardremains one omost pres-tigious honors any NorthShore high school seniorcan receive. It stands as aculmination o our yearsworth o excellence in theclassroom, in athletics andoutside o school throughvarious extracurricularactivities or the awardwinner.The 51st annual SalemNews Student-Athlete awardwill be announced tonightduring a ceremony beingheld tonight at Finz Restau-rant in Salem.So how, exactly, is thewinner chosen? And whodetermines which student-athletes are nominated orthe award each year? Whopicks which o these out-standing student-athleteswins the trophy, and whatdoes the winner receive?Glad you asked. Here’s ashort history and explana-tion o the award.
The 14 high schoolswithin The Salem Newsreadership area — Beverly,Salem, Danvers, Peabody,Marblehead, Swampscott,Ipswich, Hamilton-Wenham,Masconomet, Pingree, NorthShore Tech/Essex Aggie,Manchester Essex, BishopFenwick and St. John’s Prep— select whom they eelis their best and brightest12th grade student-athleteto represent their schoolor a particular year. Tran-scripts, resumes and letterso recommendation or eachstudent-athlete are thensent to The Salem News.
Each o these chosencandidates must combineacademic excellence, out-standing athletic prowessand the ability to multi-taskin areas such as volunteer-ing, working part-time and/or giving back to their com-munity. The candidate canbe male or emale and play just one sport or a variety o sports.
Once chosen by theirhigh school, each student-athlete candidate is thenindividually interviewedby a panel o fve judges atThe Salem News ofces inBeverly on the day that theStudent-Athlete Award willbe presented. Ater each o the 14 candidates has beeninterviewed, the fve judgesreview their notes and dis-cuss each o the candidatesuntil they reach a consensuson who the one Student-Athlete winner or that yearwill be. With so many excel-lent candidates, the processo choosing a winner eachyear is oten lengthy.
That evening, eacho the nominees and theiramilies meet with the judges and members o TheSalem News or a dinnerand awards ceremony. Eacho the student-athletes arerecognized individually dur-ing the dinner, and a guestspeaker delivers a shortspeech to the assembledaudience ater dinner. TheSalem News is proud to havePete Frates o Beverly, aormer St. John’s Prep andBoston College baseballcaptain who is now battlingamyotrophic lateral sclero-sis (ALS, better known asLou Gehrig’s Disease), asthis year’s speaker.
Ater the speech, the51st annual Salem NewsStudent-Athlete winner willbe announced. The winnerreceives a $1,000 NelsonBenton Scholarship, namedin honor o long-time SalemNews reporter and editor orwhom the Student-Athleteaward was a passion. Theywill also receive a commemo-rative bowl signiying thewin, along with their nameengraved on the Student-Ath-lete Trophy. In addition, thewinner’s school will get toshowcase the actual trophy,a fne Paul Revere-style bowlmade o sterling silver, withthe names o all the previouswinners engraved on it.Since The Salem NewsStudent-Athlete Awardwas frst awarded in 1962,it has been given out eachyear (aside rom 1994), T.J.D’Amato o Peabody Veter-ans Memorial High Schoolwon the 50th annual awardlast April.Each o the 14 NorthShore schools representedeach year have won TheSalem News Student-AthleteAward at least one time.Masconomet has won itmore times (7) than anyother school, but Peabodyis close behind (6). Out-standing student-athletesrom Beverly, Marblehead,Swampscott and Hamilton-Wenham have won theaward fve times each, whileIpswich and St. John’s Prephave each had our win-ners. Three times the win-ner has come rom Salem;twice rom Danvers; andonce each rom BishopFenwick, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, Pingree andManchester Essex.This year’s judges are LorinBuksa, a career counselor atNorth Shore Community Col-lege; Julie Livingston, presi-dent o Marblehead Bank;Michael Dellisola, claimsexaminer or Energi Insur-ance Services in Peabody;Bob Hanson, assistant vicepresident or commercialbanking at Salem Five Bank;and Phil Stacey, sports editorat The Salem News.
Celebrating 51 years of theSalem News Student-Athlete Award
There was no one quitelike Nelson Benton who hasever worked at The SalemNews.For more than 40 years,he did a little bit o every-thing at -- and or -- thenewspaper. From servingas a reporter, news editorand editorial page columnistto breaking thousands o stories and knowing areapolitics better than anyonealive, Benton was a walking,talking encyclopedia on allthings North Shore. He evensnowshoed to work duringthe blizzard o 1978.So it seemed only ftting,upon his retirement romthe newspaper last sum-mer, that one o the projectsthat was nearest and dear-est to his heart have a bito it attached to his nameorever.The annual $1,000 schol-arship given to the yearlywinner o The SalemNews Student-AthleteAward has been renamedthe Nelson BentonScholarship.For many years, Bentonspearheaded our Student-Athlete Award planning,coverage and presentation.He always got the ball roll-ing, sending out letters toeach school’s principals andathletic directors askingthem or their top student-athlete nominee each win-ter. From there, he’d do amyriad o tasks, includingcompile the nominees asthey came in and helpingmoderate the judging pro-cess to emceeing the ban-quet itsel and making surethe trophy was polished andready or presentation eachyear.While he is now happilyretired and living with hiswie in Arizona, Benton stillhas his pulse on the NorthShore. And while he mightnot be present or this year’sStudent-Athlete presenta-tion, what he’s done or theaward in the past will neverbe orgotten.
Student-Athlete scholarship renamed in Benton’s honor 
This year’s 14 Student-Athlete Award fnalists. top row, rom let:
Emilio Beato
, Salem High School;
, St. John’s Prep;
Sarah Keiran
, Ipswich High School;
Carolyn Heslop
, Manchester Essex;
Julianne DeGenova
, EssexAggie/North Shore Tech. Middle row:
Andrew Klobucher
, Hamilton-Wenham;
Duncan d’Hemecourt
, Danvers;
Dylan Mann
Bryan Mendes
, Bishop Fenwick;
Catarina Rocha
, Peabody. Bottom row:
Peter Hale
, Swamspcott High School;
Brendan Flaherty
, Beverly High School;
Hossam Hamden
, Pingree School;
Ian Magg
, Marblehead High School
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is eats on the ootballfeld or Beverly Highwill live on orever.His mark as a well-rounded, well-liked student-athlete may resonate just aslong.The oldest o our chil-dren, Brendan Flahertyholds a 4.0 grade-point aver-age while taking honorsclasses and is ranked in thetop 10 percent (32nd) o hissenior class. A member o the National Honor Societyand a three-time winner o the BHS Student-AthleteAward, he is also a multipletime member o the HonorRoll with distinction.“Over the years I havehad the privilege to watchhim play in the athleticarena, but more impor-tantly I have witnessed hisunique git o being themost moral and ethical per-son and student I eel I haveever taught,” said KristenMarescalchi, a businessteacher and DECA advisorat Beverly High.As a senior captain,Flaherty helped lead Bev-erly High to its secondSuper Bowl championshipin the last three years,including the school’s bestever record (13-0) thispast season. Scoring 26touchdowns, he producedthem in fve dierent ways:rushing, passing, receiving,interception return andpunt return. Flaherty is theootball program’s all-timeleader in points scored(380), total touchdowns (61),rushing touchdowns (41)and yards per carry whileranking second all-time inrushing yards (3,503) andtotal oensive yards (4,349).A three-time Northeast-ern Conerence all-star,Flaherty was the league’sMost Valuable Player in2012. He was also chosen tothe prestigious ‘Super 26’(i.e., All-State) Team, andwill continue his ootballcareer at the College o theHoly Cross.A captain and all-starin lacrosse and indoortrack as well, he has beenpart o three consecu-tive league championshipteams and was oered aull scholarship to Division1 Stony Brook College orlacrosse.In addition to DECA,Flaherty has also beeninvolved in projects such asthe Peer Leadership Club,Feed The Hungry Program,Leadership Council andserving as a School Com-mitte liason.“Also as important tothe ootball commitment,Brendan has balance inhis lie,” said assistantprincipal and head ootballcoach Dan Bauer. “He isvisible in the school com-munity. He is a positive rolemodel ... when asked to helpwith community service,he will do so without anyhesitation.”
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College you will be attending
: College o the Holy Cross
What is your avorite book?
: “Beyond Success”, by Brian D. Biro
What is your avorite movie?
: “Inception”
Who is your avorite singer or musical group?
: Coldplay
What is your avorite website?
: Vimeo
What is your avorite class in school?
: History
What athletic eat are you most proud o and why?
: “I am mostproud o my Super Bowl championships. It was amazing to experiencea Super Bowl championship in 2010 when we started o 0-5 and alsoanother one in 2012 when we were 12-0. It was a great way to start mycareer and end my career in two completely dierent ways. Somethingthat I will truly never orget.”
Who has had the biggest inuence in your lie and why?
: “Myparents. I can’t thank them enough or raising me to become the personI am today. Their hard work that ranges rom teaching me lie lessonsto driving me to every sporting event has put me in a great situationtoday. They are great role models that I strive to be like in hope o posi-tively infuencing someone else as they did to me.”
Where do you see yoursel 10 years rom now?
: “I see myselopening and maintaining my own business.”
Brendan Flaherty
Brendan Flaherty led the Beverly High ootball team to two Super Bowl championships in threeyears, including a perect 13-0 mark this past all. The Holy Cross-bound standout is also anall-star in indoor track and lacrosse who is interested in studying business in college.
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