2012 STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD

Olivia Raisner
2011, Marblehead

Duke Pascucci
1985, Beverly

Chris Splinter
2010, Masconomet

Kathleen Toner
1984, Swampscott 1983, Manchester 1982, Danvers

Greg Doonan
2009, Peabody

Conrad Keville

Courtney Colantuno
2008, Marblehead

Pat Bailey
2007, Beverly

Annie McNerney
2006, Swampscott

2005, North Shore Tech

Kynan Mello
2004, Salem

Jessica Larsen
2003, St. John’s Prep 2002, Swampscott

Mike Shanahan Jared Jaffe
2001, Peabody

Caleb Pelger
2000, Masconomet

Andrew Nechtem Sarah Keenan
1999, Ipswich

Kristin Gleason
1998, Masconomet 1997, Pingree

Jonathan Eng
1996, Masconomet 1995, Bishop Fenwick 1993, Swampscott

Molly Cronin

Christopher Lang Sarah Guerin
1992, Beverly

Sarah McGrath
1991, Marblehead

Brant Firestone Lori E. Hayes Billy Madden

1990, Hamilton-Wenham 1989, Swampscott 1988, St. John’s Prep

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Scott T. Powers Kristen Foley
1981, Peabody 1980, Ipswich

Benjamin Paul William Wiltshire

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1979, Hamilton-Wenham

Bruce Lynn
1978, Ipswich

Francis Walker
1977, Peabody 1976, Masconomet

Mark Agnew

James Michael Leahy
1975, St. John’s Prep 1974, Marblehead

James P. Rosenfield
1973, Hamilton-Wenham

Peter A. Barry

John S. Olbrych
1972, St. John’s Prep 1971, Beverly

Thomas J. Alexander Peter Gorniewicz
1970, Ipswich

Leonard N. Dwinell
1969, Masconomet 1968, Salem

James P. Turner
1967, Hamilton-Wenham

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Michael R. Harris
1966, Marblehead

John E. Ormiston III
1965, Hamilton-Wenham

David C. Gray
1964, Danvers

Paul D. Thompson David G. Doughty
1963, Masconomet 1962, Beverly

Jeffrey M. Landry Nicole Turgeon
1987, Salem

Peter M. Zeitzoff
(No award WAS presented in 1994)

Mark Jones
1986, Peabody

special edition • nominees from 14 north shore schools

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Salem News Student-Athlete Award turns 50

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particular year. With so many excellent candidates each year, the process of choosing a winner is often lengthy. That evening, the nominees and their parents meet with the judges for a dinner and awards ceremony. hen Peter Zeitzoff of Beverly High School Following dinner, each student-athlete is recognized emerged from a pool of his fellow North Shore by the entire room. A guest speaker then speaks to the football standouts and was named the inaustudent-athletes and their parents; this year’s speaker gural Salem News Student-Athlete of the Year will be Salem native Sean Stellato, a former professional back in 1962, no one could have imagined what the football player who is now a certified National Football award would morph into. League Player’s Association (NFLPA) Contract Advisor. Now as we celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Salem News After this speech, the 50th annual Salem News StudentStudent-Athlete Award has become one of the most prestiAthlete winner will be announced. The recipient receives gious honors that a male or female senior at one of our area a $1,000 scholarship and a commemorative bowl signifying high schools can receive. the win, along with their name engraved on the StudentFrom its humble beginnings, when only male footAthlete Trophy. In addition, the winner’s school will get to ball players were up for consideration, to the present showcase the actual trophy, a fine Paul Revere-style bowl day in which 14 different schools nominate their best made of sterling silver, with the names of all of the previand brightest — both male and female, and in a wide ous winners engraved on it. spectrum of athletic endeavors — the Salem News Since Zeitzoff won the initial trophy in 1962, The Salem Student-Athlete Award is the culmination of four years News Student-Athlete Award has been awarded each of academic and athletic excellence, as well as superb year (save for 1994). Olivia Raisner of Marblehead High extracurricular activities, for the deserving winner each School was the recipient of last year’s award. year. Student-Athletes from Masconomet Regional in Topsfield The 50th annual winner of this most prestigious of have won the award more times (7) than any other North accolades will be announced during a ceremony tomorShore school. Each of the 14 North Shore schools reprerow, April 5, at CoCo Key in Danvers. sented has won the Student-Athlete Award at least one time. So how is the winner chosen? Who determines which Beverly, Marblehead, Peabody, Swampscott and Hamiltonstudent-athletes are even selected to vie for the award? Wenham have each won the Award five times. Ipswich and Who picks the eventual Student-Athlete winner, and St. John’s Prep have each had four winners. Salem has been what do they receive for emerging victorious? Here’s a victorious three times; Danvers twice; and Pingree, Bishop short history and explanation of the award. Fenwick, Manchester Essex and North Shore Tech once The 14 high schools that reside in The Salem News time or giving back to their community. The candidate can each. readership area — Beverly, Salem, Danvers, Peabody, This year’s five Student-Athlete judges will be Dr. be male or female and play just one sport or a variety of Marblehead, Swampscott, St. John’s Prep, Bishop Suzanne Graves of Garden City Pediatrics, Essex County Fenwick, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, Pingree, Ipswich, sports. District Attorney John Blodgett, Brian Shea of West Once chosen by their high school, each student-athlete Hamilton-Wenham, Masconomet and Manchester Essex Newbury, an assistant vice president at People’s United candidate is then individually interviewed by a panel of — select their best and brightest 12th grade studentfive judges at The Salem News offices in Beverly on the day Bank in Danvers and attorney Thomas Alexander of athlete to represent their school for a particular year. Beverly along with Nelson Benton, Editoral Page Editor Each of these chosen candidates must combine academic the Student-Athlete Award will be presented. After each of of The Salem News; and Phil Stacey, Sports Editor of The the candidates has been interviewed, the five judges meet excellence, outstanding athletic prowess and the ability Salem News. to multi-task in areas such as volunteering, working part- to determine one overall Student-Athlete winner for that by Phil stacey
SportS editor

The STory behiNd STudeNT-AThleTe cAricATureS
The 50th anniversary Salem News Student-Athlete Awards portraits you see in this section are the work of Beverly illustrator and caricaturist John Doherty. As a professional caricaturist since 1980, Doherty has had the opportunity to draw the faces of a diverse cross-section of people from rock stars to presidential candidates. For many years he was the house caricaturist at the Bull & Finch (“Cheers”) Pub on Beacon Hill in Boston. He is the illustrator of a book published in October 2011, “Amglish in Like Ten Easy Lessons, A Celebration of the New World Lingo.” He is also an award-winning member of the International Society of Caricature Artists, honored for his speed and ability. Though the caricature approach was chosen to give this special 50th anniversary section a retro look, the drawings were created in a very modern way: Doherty used an innovative technique, rendering the caricatures of the athletes using an iPad. Doherty described the process of melding technology with his talent this way; “I use the program Sketchbook Pro and start with a gray ‘pencil line’ under-sketch. Next I draw a black line on a separate layer. I then add the color on a layer that sits under the black line, so that the black line stays solid. Lastly, I delete the sketch layer in order to deliver the art in a clean state.” Once completed, the digital files were sent via email to The Salem News. In addition to working on an iPad, he has used a similar technique on an even smaller “canvas,” while assisting with the launch of a new 5.3-inch tablet/phone hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy Note. To see more of Doherty’s illustrations and caricatures, visit his website at www.johndoherty.com.

John Doherty

Profiles by salem News sPorts staff: Phil stacey (sPorts editor), matt williams, matt JeNkiNs, GiaNNa addario & daN harrisoN

ames Coffey, the Director of Athletics at Beverly High School, needs just one sentence to sum up what he thinks of Erin Silvestri. “(She) is the epitome of a student-athlete,” he said. You can’t blame him — or anyone else — for reaching that conclusion. No matter whether it’s in the classroom or wearing a uniform as a BHS athlete, there is seemingly no limit to what Erin is capable of doing. The top-ranked student in Beverly High’s senior class of 276 students, she is a three-sport captain (field hockey, basketball and softball) who earned Northeastern Conference MVP honors in field hockey and was also The Salem News’ Player of the Year. Erin was named the Female Student-Athlete for the Class of 2012 at BHS for three years running and has been a member of the Honor Roll all four years. She is also a member of several clubs and participates in various activities at the high school while holding down a part-time job and performing community service, such as the St. Mary’s School auction, breast cancer walk and working at the St. Francis House in Boston. Julia Brotherton, who taught Erin in her Advanced Placement United States History class last year, said “her organization, diligence and team spirit is reflected in the classroom and in the versatility of her extracurricular activities.” “Students, athletes, faculty and staff have tremendous respect for Erin as a student, athlete and person,” added Coffey. “She is respectful, confident and a true leader ... it takes only a minute of reviewing her resume to see that Erin has had nearly a perfect high school career at Beverly High School.”

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beverly high school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 18 » Hometown: Beverly » Colleges you have applied to: Bates, Bowdoin, Tufts, Middlebury, Stevens Institute of Technology, Skidmore, St. Michael’s, Dartmouth, Harvard, Boston College » What are your favorite movies?: “Up”, “The Dark Knight”, “Toy Story 3” and any Harry Potter movie » Who are your favorite singers and musical group?: Adele, Coldplay and Jack Johnson » What are your favorite Websites?: Twitter, whenparentstext. com, Facebook » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Friends, “Glee” cast members, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Steve Carell » What are your favorite classes in school?: Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Having two straight undefeated regular seasons (in) field hockey, and also being named Northeastern Conference MVP and Salem News Player of the Year this past season. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents, through their encouragement of me to do my best at whatever I choose to do as well as coaching me in multiple sports. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Possibly in medical school or maybe working in the chemical field.

erin silvestri

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auren Moulton isn’t the type of person that lives in a box; she’s always looking to broaden her horizons. Why master one sport when she can excel at three? Why take a few Advanced Placement courses when she can take seven? It is this innate desire to challenge herself and never back down that puts Moulton among the elite student-athletes, accoring to Fenwick guidance counselor John Jaworski. “This is a young person with real substance, not superfluous style,” he wrote. “With seven A.P. courses and ranking in the 90th percentile on her standardized tests, she embodies the type of self-discipline, motivation and commitment necessary for a 3-sport athlete to achieve what she has in the classroom.” Moulton has earned Fenwick’s English Award, Harvard Book Award and Spanish Award while becoming captain of the girls basketball and girls lacrosse teams. She’s also a varsity contributor on the girls soccer team. “A conference all-star in lacrosse, Lauren plays the most demanding position on the field,” said Fenwick soccer and lacrosse coach Karen Guilemette. “She’s a dedicated individual who gives everything she has to everything she does.” Moulton is also a volunteer at Beverly Hospital. “She isn’t satisfied with medioctiry in antyhing that she does,” Fenwick principal Sister Cathy Fleming said. “She is a team player, never trying to grab the spotlight for herself; This is a very respectful, caring young woman who is fun loving, and has a wonderful smile and sense of humor.”

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bishop fenwick high school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 18 » Hometown: Danvers » Colleges you have applied to: Boston College, Providence, Villanova » What is your favorite movie?:”She’s The Man” » Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Rascal Flatts » What is your favorite Website?: Twitter » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: My friends » What is your favorite class in school?: Biology » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Being part of a successful lacrosse program. Over the years I’ve been a part of winning Catholic Central League championships, and it has been a great experience. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My sister Anna. Her good nature and calming presence have inspired me to be a better person, even through the toughest of times. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Hopefully as a successful doctor.

Lauren moulton

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danvers high school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 18 » Hometown: Danvers » Colleges you have applied to: Boston College, Duke, Fordham, WPI » What is your favorite movie?: “The Guardian” » Who is your favorite singer?: John Mayer » What is your favorite website?: ESPN.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Mostly just my friends » What is your favorite class in school?: AP Calculus BC » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Our soccer team’s third consecutive Northeastern Conference title (last fall) because it was a goal that we set for ourselves and accomplished together. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents, because they supported and encouraged me in all of my academic and athletic endeavors. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I see myself in a career of engineering or economics, starting a family, continuing my passion for sports and simply enjoying life.

ethan james collins

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ith 12 varsity seasons under his belt spread out over four years in soccer, swimming and spring track, Danvers senior Ethan Collins never failed to lose sight of the fact that in the term student-athlete, the word student always comes first. Currently ranked 11th in his senior class with a 3.607 GPA, Collins has made high honors every single term at Danvers High and has taken six different AP courses since his sophomore year, including three as a senior. He loaded up on the toughest courses as a senior and shows no signs of senioritis receiving nothing below an A-. The two-time track captain competed in the 2011 State Decatholon and is a standout in the 400 and triple jump. He was a senior captain in swimming as well as a four-time Northeastern Conference all star while on the pitch, Collins was named to the All-NEC team his junior and senior years. Truly a rennaissance man, Collins spent all four years in the prestigious Danvers High Band including 2011 when he was a section leader. Collins also volunteers his time to the community working with the St. Mary’s After School Program, the Danvers Invitational Soccer Tournament, the Atlas Athena Mentoring Program and four years with Hospice Wake. Collins spent the last two years with DECA, a business club that competes in national competitions as well as being in the National Honor Society and the National Music Honor Society. In his SAT’s Collins socred a 630 in critical reading, 780 in math and 650 in writing. Collins has some real-life experience too, working 35 hours a week as a lifeguard/counselor at Stiles Pond in Boxford.

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hamilton-wenham regional high school
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» Age: 17 » Hometown: Wenham » College you’ll be attending: Deciding between Norwich and Merrimack » What is your favorite movie?: “Slap Shot” » Who is your favorite musical group?: Red Hot Chili Peppers » What is your favorite website?: imgur.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Friends » What is your favorite class in school?: Anatomy » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Making Short Course Nationals. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: Coach Jon Ogden. He’s the only one who could motivate me to swim more and swim in college. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Staying locally.

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ersatility is a huge reason why Alessandro Eramo is as successful as he is, as both a swimmer and a student. In the pool, Alessandro could swim virtually any event — 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay — and more than likely, he’d finish in first place for the Generals. He was named the Cape Ann League’s Male Swimmer of the Year by fellow coaches this winter. As someone who swims yearround and is a member of the nationally recognized YMCA of the North Shore Sharks swim team out of Beverly, he also served as a twoyear captain and Hamilton-Wenham, where he designed this year’s swimsuits, caps and T-shirts. “Alessandro has been flawless in every event he entered in two years of Dual Meet competition, amassing over 40 wins,” said HamiltonWenham interim principal John J. Hughes. In the classroom, the Wenham native takes such courses as Anatomy & Physiology, Computer Graphics 2, Pre-Calculus and Fabrication Technology, where he’s part of a group that designs, builds and tests a human powered vehicle. “Alessandro is a most respected member of our student body,” added Hughes. “An outstanding citizen and a fine student in a challenging academic program, Alessandro Eramo is a leader in every respect.”

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amantha Brown is the ultimate team player in the truest sense of the word. Brown is a three-sport varsity athlete, playing soccer in the fall and running track in both the winter and spring seasons. A two-year indoor and outdoor track captain for the Tigers, Brown is not just a gifted athlete— she is a true leader for her teammates to look up to. “Samantha is the first person to practice and usually the last to leave,” said her outdoor track coach Martin Binette. “She is the person on the team that all young athletes go to for advice and support.” This past fall on the soccer pitch, Brown was an instrumental member of a Tigers team that finished undefeated in the Cape Ann League and took home the league crown for the first time in school history. Next year Brown will take her talents to Elon University in North Carolina on a variety of scholarships for Division 1 track and field. A member of the National Honor Society since her junior year, Brown carries a 3.92 GPA. Since her freshman year, Brown has been apart of Concert Choir and Class Steering Committee. Brown was votes “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Female to Bring Home to Mom and Dad” for senior class superlatives. “Samantha Brown is superb young lady,” Ipswich High principal Barry Cahill said. “In addition to her athletic and scholastic prowess, she is a pleasant, engaging young lady with a great personality. Samantha represents herself, her family and the school in the best possible manner.”

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ipswich high school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 18 » Hometown: Ipswich » College you’ll be attending: Elon University in North Carolina » What is your favorite movie?: “My Cousin Vinny” » What is your favorite kind of music?: Country music » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: My friends and family » What are your favorite classes in school?: Spanish and science courses » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Breaking the school record in the 400 meter hurdles, because every day at practice (achieving that goal) motivated me to work hard. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My friends, because they know me better than anyone else. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Hopefully with a job!

samantha brown

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melissa moore
manchester essex regional high school
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» Age: 18 » Hometown: Manchester » College you’ll be attending: Still undecided; have applied to 10 different schools. » What is your favorite movie?: “Remember The Titans” » Who is your favorite singer?: Taylor Swift » What is your favorite Website?: vanillakitchen.blogspot. com » What is your favorite class in school?: English or Spanish » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Making the varsity field hockey team as a sophomore. ManchesterEssex has a very strong field hockey program, and I was the only sophomore to make the team (in 2009). I had worked very hard the previous summer, and it paid off. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My sister. When we were younger, I wanted to be just like her. Now I admire and try to emulate her work ethic, friendliness and how she always remains true to herself. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I see myself traveling to impoverished countries, helping the people living there and writing about my experiences.

here isn’t much Melissa Moore hasn’t done during her time at Manchester Essex Regional. A three-sport athlete, Moore was a senior captain on her indoor track, lacrosse and field hockey teams. She was her field hockey team’s MVP, made the Cape Ann All-League team and was nominated for Top 60 honors, set a school record in the 600 and has been the recipient of her lacrosse team’s Unsung Hero and Sportsmanship awards. “She has embraced each challenge by taking the initiative and never fearing the responsibilities of leadership,” said History department chair Daniel A. Jewett, who was one of four faculty members to write her a recommendation. Moore is the editor-in-chief of ME’s award winning school newspaper, The Independent, while participating in Drama, Student Council and HUGS — a local group that volunteers in the community. Moore has spent three years with Interact Club and is a member of National Honor Society, Diversity Alliance and Chorus. A stellar student with a 5.13 GPA out of a 6.0 scale, Moore has taken seven Advanced Placement classes. She has also received many scholastic honors, including the Denton Cup for Citizenship, The Independent Rookie of the Year and being named a National Merit Scholar. An active member in her church, Moore has taken mission trips to Mississippi and the Dominican Republic as well as ran a field hockey camp and helped serve Monday Night suppers to those in need.

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recious few people in this world can claim to have turned down Harvard University or Princeton University. Megan Alexander did both. Alexander’s record is impeccable in the classroom. Her permanent transcript almost exclusively features A’s and she currently holds a 4.26 GPA. She has decided the University of Pennsylvania was the best Ivy League fit for her four years of college. Penn has also found itself a topnotch athlete. Alexander is one of the best swimmers the North Shore in recent history. She won the 500 freestyle the last three years at the State Meet, and she also captured the 200 Individual Medley this winter. Alexander swam legs on two statewinning relay teams as a junior — the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay — and numerous Northeastern Conference victories during her high school career. She will graduate holding school and NEC records in the 200 IM, 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay, and 400 freestyle relay. Alexander volunteers at swim clinics and at a local yacht club, and encourages a safe school environment by participating in Team Harmony. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. “As guidance counselors, we meet hundreds, possibly thousands of students throughout our careers,” Marblehead Guidance Counselor Juanita Lamby said. “When graduation is over and after all the pomp and circumstance has faded, there are some students whom we will always remember because they possess a level of determination, maturity, and potential for growth which is beyond compare. Megan is one of those students.”

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megan alexander
marblehead high school
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» Age: 17 » Hometown: Marblehead » College you’ll be attending: University of Pennsylvania » What is your favorite movie?: The “Home Alone” movies » Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Coldplay » What is your favorite website?: pinterest.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin & Ryan Lochte » What is your favorite class in school?: Calculus » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Swimming the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay at Division 2 states last year. The winner of the relay determined the overall state champion, and we ended up beating Wayland by a second in the relay and 5.5 points for the meet. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents. They’ve always supported me and encouraged me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I’m going to the Wharton Business School at UPenn, so I see myself working in New York City, Boston or Washington D.C.. I’m looking into international business.

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MIA J. farnham
masconomet Regional High School
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» Age: 18 » Hometown: Topsfield » Colleges you have applied to: Rice University, Cornell, Fordham, Northeastern and UMass Amherst. » What are your favorite movies?: “Bridesmaids” and “Up” » Who is your favorite singer?: Beyonce » What is your favorite Website?: stumbleupon.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift » What are your favorite classes in school?: Spanish and Chinese » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Coming back from my ACL injury my junior soccer season and helping my team go to the (Division 1 North) semifinals. Also, receiving the Team Award in both soccer and tennis. I think both showed how important it is to be a team player than just a great individual athlete. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents, because they have supported me in all my activities and have kept me grounded and focused throughout high school. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Hopefully having a job that helps other people all over the world, so I can travel and know I’m making a difference at the same time.

ia Farnham’s Masconomet Regional High School classmates voted her the funniest girl in her senior class. The ability to make the people around her smile merely scratches the surface of what Farnham has meant to the Chieftains. A four-year varsity contributor in soccer and tennis, Farnham captained both teams as a senior. Her leadership reaches well beyond the playing field, as Farnham is a four-year class treasurer and was also elected president of Masco’s chapter of the National Honor Society. “This young woman has among the most outstanding leadership skills of any student I have known,” said Masco guidance counselor Ruth Ryan. “She is confident, yet without a trace of arrogance; she is effervescent, yet able to carry on serious analytical discussions and is unfailingly compassionate.” Farnham ranks 23rd in a senior class of 333 and has twice earned an Outstanding Student of Chinese distinction, also studies Spanish, participates in Model UN, is a driving force of Masco’s anti-bullying initiative and co-coordinates the Trinity Episcopal Church’s Soup Kitchen Ministry. “Mia is one of the most well-rounded female athletes that I have seen in my 18 years as head coach,” Masco soccer coach Paula Yanakakis said. Farnham has also been dedicated to passing her love of soccer on to others, volunteering at Masco’s town youth soccer clinics and with the Special Olympics. “One of her greatest strengths is her warm, engaging personality,” Masconomet principal Pam Culver said. “I have never seen her without a smile. Mia inspires enthusiasm in others — the sign of a true leader.”

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orth Shore Tech/Essex Aggie senior Kelsey Levesque has already tested the working waters and now knows she wants: to hold a job as a certified nursing assistant. She has taken steps toward achieving that goal, having held various jobs and internships since November 2009, often working two different jobs simultaneously. Levesque has held a variety of positions from a cashier at Bob’s Stores to her current job as a Personal Care Assistant with the Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts and Mass Health PCA programs. In between, she interned at Hogan Regional in Danvers, Brightview in Danvers and Brooksby Village in Peabody. In addition, Levesque has been involved heavily in her school community. A four-year member of the girls soccer team, she has been her Class Vice President since 2010, participated in the community service club the last two years, was one of two students selected to be on the handbook committee and to participate in Student Government Day, was selected to be a Student Mentor, and was a Skills USA Competitor the past two years. Levesque is also a member of National Honor Society, participated in the NHS Fall Conference in 2011 and has been the Student Representative on the School Committee. Even with the fullest of plates, Levesque’s academic performance has never wavered. Ranked first in her class (4.17 GPA), she has also received awards such the NST/EA Michael J. Anthony/Mary Lou Jadwin Memorial Leadership Award and Work Ethic Awards for English, Math, Physical Education and Health Technology.

kelsey levesque
north shore tech/ Essex Aggie
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» Age: 18 » Hometown: Danvers » College you’ll be attending: University of New England or Simmons College » What is your favorite movie?: “A Walk To Remember” » What is your favorite kind of music?: Country music » What is your favorite class in school?: Health Assisting Technology » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Receiving the All-Star Award my senior year playing soccer. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents and coach. They’re always pushing me to do my best and never give up. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Working with individuals who have disabilities as a physical therapist.

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n the balancing act between sports and academics, Peabody’s T.J. D’Amato has the perfect role model and built-in support system. His father, Tom, was a Hall of Fame athlete at Peabody High, gradauted near the top of his own class and has encouraged his gifted son every step of the way. “He always stressed the importance of sound mind and body,” said T.J., a three-season track captain and distance runner. D’Amato, the Northeastern Conference mile champion this winer, has always focused on the team aspect of track. To wit, his Tanners have won 10 NEC titles in his 11 varsity seasons so far. The same measured pacing that D’Amato takes to his distaance training has paid off in the classroom. He ranked No. 9 in Peabody’s senior class of 457 while earning a University of Rochester Social Studies Junior Award and a place in the National Honor Society. “T.J. is a highly self-motivated and genuinely respectful young man who treats others with compassion,” Peabody guidance counselor Kenneth McCue said. D’Amato, who has applied to Bowdoin, Bates, Connecticut College, Stonehill and Wheaton, also takes part in the student council, peer mediation and peer tutoring. A runner with range, D’Amato has also won an NEC title in the 2-mile and finished third at this year’s league cross country championships. He’s a four-time Salem News all-star in track.

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Thomas ‘T.J.’ D’Amato
peabody veterans memorial high school
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» Age: 18 » Hometown: Peabody » Colleges you have applied to: Bowdoin, Bates, Connecticut College, Stonehill and Wheaton » What is your favorite movie?: “A Bronx Tale” » Who is your favorite singer?: Jason Aldean » What is your favorite website?: ESPNBoston.com » What is your favorite class in school?: AP U.S. History or AP U.S. Government and Politics » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: My third place finish at the 2011 Northeastern Conference cross country meet, simply because I ran a personal best of 16:33 while coming from behind the entire race. I sprinted the last 600 meters and outkicked a phenomenal 800 meter runner. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: From the day I was born my father Tom, a Peabody High Athletic Hall of Famer and former student-athlete award winner in his senior class, stressed to me the importance of a sound mind and sound body. Academics has always been a priority balanced off with participation in extracurricular activities, such as sports and organizations that help others. His example has inspired me to donate time, whether it’s community service through the National Honor Society, speaking to elementary and middle school students with the Captains Council, or peer mentoring through the Transitional Partners’ Program. I hope to someday follow in his footsteps with continued involvement in youth athletics. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: As a lawyer, teacher or coach.

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THE SALEM NEWS STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD • Wednesday, April 4, 2012

pingree school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 17 » Hometown: Ipswich » College you’ll be attending: University of Pennsylvania » What are your favorite movies?: Tie between “Remember the Titans” and “Harry Potter” » Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Kenny Chesney » What are your favorite websites?: Runnersworld.com; Foodnetwork.com; Twitter » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Runer Girl Problems; Disney Food Blog, Coutnry Words, Emerging Elites » What is your favorite class in school?: Math or Soil & Humanity » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Winning the Eastern Independent League championships at Franklin Park in Boston as a senior. Starting cross country as a freshman barely able to run a mile, I never imagined being able to wn a championship. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents, who are extremely supportive of anything I decide to pursue. I always look to make them proud. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I hope to live in New York City and work for an environmentally-friendly company, or maybe start one of my own. I see myself continuing my passions of cooking and running. I hope to run a marathon one day.

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arykate Surette lives by the words from her favorite quote by Ghandi: “Be the change you to seek in the world.” Pingree cross country coach Ned Jackson said he’s never encountered a student with more drive than Surette. She went undefeated in the regular season and was the Eastern Independent League champion with a time of 19:27. “Marykate’s leadership and dedication on the team has made us the most potent girls team in our league,” said Jackson. “As a result, we clinched the EIL title for the first time in 14 years. I can say without a doubt, this is most certainly due in large part to Marykate’s example of hard work and dedication.” An Ipswich native, Surette is ranked No. 2 in her senior class, carries a 97.0 (out of 100) GPA and scored a 2150 on her SAT’s. Surette has been apart of the Cum Laude Society since her junior year. As an avid photographer, one of Surette’s photographs was chosen as the 2010 Pingree holiday card, which was sent out to the entire Highlander community. This past fall, Surette was named the cross country team MVP, received the coaches award in 2010 for swimming and was awarded the Golden Glove award in 2009 for softball. Surette is also n active member of Peer Tutoring, is the president of the Environmental Club at Pingree and is a student volunteer for the Special Olympics. “Marykate is charismatic and gracious,” Pingree Co Director of College Counseling Megan Farley said. “She is insightful and deep, charming, unique and special. Marykate exhibits a strong moral fiber and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes.”

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S17 THE SALEM NEWS STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD • Wednesday, April 4, 2012

THE SALEM NEWS STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD • Wednesday, April 4, 2012

st. john’s prep
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 17 » Hometown: Hamilton » Colleges you have applied to: Accepted to MIT and the University of Chicago; waiting on Middlebury » What is your favorite movie?: “Moneyball” » Who is your favorite musical group?: Coldplay » What is your favorite Website?: Facebook.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Carl Crawford, Rob Gronkowski, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell » What is your favorite class in school?: History » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: School record in the high jump (6 feet 6 inches). It’s an honor to have a record at a school with such a great reputation for athletics. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents have sacrificed so much of their time and money for my athletic and academic careers. They have continued to push me and make sure that I don’t settle for anything less than I’m capable of. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Working in a nearby city in a business or law career, still exploring life and enjoying new interactions and experiences. I hope to meet many new people, but also to maintain strong relationships with my friends and family back home.

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oted a captain on this year’s Catholic Conference championship soccer team, Deklan Robinson is one of the hardest working student athletes on a day-to-day basis. A three-sport captain, he exemplifies what it means to be a leader. His soccer achievements speak for themselves, as he was the Catholic Conference Player of the Year, made the EMASS all-star team, was named to the All State Team and the adidas All New England Team. At center back, Robinson managed to finish as the Eagles’ second leading scorer last fall. “Deklan Robinson is of the best players I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over my 25-year career,” St. John’s Prep varsity soccer coach David Crowell said. “His technical and tactical skills, ability to understand the game and read and react to what is going on around him, are what separates him from the majority of high school players.” Splitting his time between soccer and track, Robinson competes both winter and spring track for the Eagles. This year, Robinson broke the school record with a leap of 6-feet-6 inches in the high jump and had a season best of over 20 feet in the long jump. “I have coached high jumpers for over 40 years,” said St. John’s Prep high jump coach John Klein. “Deklan may very well be the favorite of my career. His work ethic is admirable, never missing a practice, staying late in the weight room and performing every practice approach and jump as perfectly as he can.” In addition to his athletic accomplishments in track and soccer, academically Robinson holds a 4.42 GPA, scored an impressive 2310 on his SAT’s and is two-year a member of the National Honor Society.

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he teachers and administration of Salem High School do not wish to accelerate the time between now and commencement, for that would not allow them to fully enjoy everything Holbrook Phelan has to offer in their community. Yet, a sense of excitement lingers because of the great expectations Phelan has created for herself. “Holbrook has mastered high school,” Salem High Guidance Counselor David Conwell said, “and I am excited to see what she is going to accomplish in the coming years.” An excellent science and Spanish student, Phelan is a member of the National Honor Society and ranks eighth in her class of 245 students. She has earned a place on the High Honor Roll all semesters for all four years, and achieved a perfect score on the National AP Spanish Language Exam. Phelan carries a 4.42 GPA, was one of five Salem High students chosen to attend a regional Rotary Youth Leadership Weekend as a sophomore, and earned the Rotary Youth Leadership Award as a junior. Phelan has also been a Northeastern Conference all-star in both soccer and lacrosse, and she was a starter and standout player for the basketball team as a senior. She has been a fouryear varsity member in soccer and lacrosse, three-year varsity player in basketball, and she spent her sophomore year on the varsity swim team. “She embodies what it means to be hard working and responsible,” Conwell said. “She is grounded and real, and those are the traits that have impressed me the most, which is saying a great deal considering the student.”

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salem high school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 18 » Hometown: Salem » Colleges you have applied to: Northeastern, VPI, RPI, Northwestern, Bucknell, Connecticut College, Union and UMass Amherst » What is your favorite movie?: “The Hangover” » Who is your favorite singer and favorite musical group?: Jack Johnson and Coldplay » What is your favorite Website?: stumbleupon.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell » What is your favorite class in school?: AP Spanish Literature » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Beating Melrose in the first round of the (Division 2 North) basketball tournament this year. There weren’t many expectations for our team this year because we had lost our two leading scorers from the previous year, but we came together in a come-frombehind win. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My father, because he has taught me to take responsibility for my actions, to own up to my faults and that it’s OK to make mistakes. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Hopefully as a contributing member of the workforce, working as a mechanical engineer.

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S19 THE SALEM NEWS STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD • Wednesday, April 4, 2012

THE SALEM NEWS STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARD • Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nick hartmann
swampscott high school
PERSONALITY PROFILE
» Age: 18 » Hometown: Swampscott » Colleges you have applied to: Dartmouth, Brown, Boston College, Villanova, Boston University » What is your favorite movie?: “School of Rock” » Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Queen » What is your favorite website?: Sporcle.com » Who do you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook?: Runners such as Alan Webb, Bernard Lagat and Usain Bolt » What is your favorite class in school?: Math » What athletic feat are you most proud of — and why?: Finishing 10th as a team as the cross country All-State meet. It was the first time I had run at state with my entire team and it was an amazing experience. » Who has had the biggest influence on your life?: My parents; they are incredibly supportive and I have a great relationship with them. » Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Hopefully happy. I have no idea where life will take me.

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t would be extremely hard to find a more well-rounded high school student than Nick Hartmann. Hartmann ranks second in a class of 177, excels at track in all three seasons, is an accomplished pianist, and captains the Swampscott math team. “There is nothing that he does not seem to excel at,” Swampscott Guidance Counselor Judith Pressler said. “Yet, he is one of the most polite, modest and unassuming young ‘gentlemen’ I have had the pleasure to work with. And, rather than spreading himself all over the map, he concentrates on his passions.” Hartmann’s focus on his “passions” obviously leaves him little time for anything else, but he likes it that way. Hartmann is an all-star caliber track athlete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He is also a straight A student in the classroom, but it is his focus away from academics and athletics that sets him apart. Hartmann has been playing piano for 14 years and last year he prepared for six months to play Beethoven’s Third Concerto in C Minor with the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra. He also composed an original arrangement for the Swampscott High concert band. “Nick is a motivated young man of numerous talents and considerable self-discipline,” AP US History teacher Mark Schwartz said. “He is likable, enthusiastic, trusting and trustworthy. His sensitivity, diligence, energy and sense of humor make working with him a joy.”

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