Extended scholar-athletes bios

June 27, 2010

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Grace Wilson, Acton-Boxboro

Wilson was named captain of the Acton-Boxboro girls’ lacrosse team this spring, which she helped guide to an 15-3 record and the No. 3-seed in

the Division 1 North tournament. She was also named to the Dual County League All-Star team as well as the Mass super junior team.

‘‘Grace is one of the most exceptional young women I have ever worked with,’’ said school counselor Susan Root. ‘‘She has it all - enthusiasm,

compassion, drive, intellect, poise, maturity and an ability to not only lead but to mobilize and motivate others."

The four-year varsity lacrosse starter was honored for her exploits on and off the field as she attained Academic All-American status for the spring season. She has accumulated a 4.13 GPA out of a possible 5.0 over her academic career.

Wilson was elected student council president for the 09-10 school year, and was admitted to the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

She made her mark on stage at A-B, dancing in the musicals "Once Upon a Mattress," "Brigadoon," "Cabaret" and "Kiss Me Kate" She will be attending Williams College.


Chris Splinter, Masconomet

Splinter was a tri-captain his senior season, making himself invaluable to the football, baseball and basketball teams. The two-time All-Scholastic was named the Globe Player of the Year for Division 2A and will be attending Harvard University in the fall.

In four years at Masconomet, Splinter has thrown for 29 touchdowns and rushed for 48, for total ground yardage of 2,513 and 2,903 yards in the air. In his junior baseball season, Splinter batted .429 with 28 RBIs and this spring led the Chieftains to an undefeated regular season and the Division 2 North baseball title.

‘‘Chris is a young man who never gives up," said principal Pamela G. Culver. "When he commits to something he commits over 100 percent.’’

Splinter is ranked 8th in his class of 365, with a near-perfect 4.921 GPA. He has served as National Honor Society Vice President for the past two years, and was a peer leader during his junior and senior years. He selflessly devotes his free time coordinating soup kitchen volunteers and mentoring an autistic youngster once a week.



Hannah Brickley, Melrose

Brickley was a All-Scholastic in Volleyball and Basketball. She was named the Globe Division 2 Player of the Year for the 2009 volleyball season and was named to the all-state team for the past three years.

She holds the Melrose record for kills in a season (321) and career kills (894). She has accumulated 957 points, 562 rebounds, 135 assists and 116 steals during in her 88 games on the court as a Red Raider.

‘‘I can say that she is, without reservation, one of the very top students in our high school,’’ said guidance counselor Joseph Parillo. ‘‘I have truly enjoyed getting to know her and I am very confident that she is poised to accomplish great things in college and in the years ahead.’’

The Trinity College-bound Red Raider is third in her class of 226 with a GPA of 4.79. She volunteers as a counselor-coach at basketball and volleyball youth camps, baby-sits and teaches Sunday school. She encourages her peers to make good decision as a contributing member to Melrose’s Students Against Drunk Driving program.


James Collins, Reading

Collins was named captain of Reading’s football and lacrosse teams this past year, two athletic pursuits he will be continuing next year at Tufts University. He is a three-time letterman in football and wrestling and a four-time varsity member of the Rockets lacrosse team.

The Globe football All-Scholastic and two-time all-leaguer blocked for over 3,600 rushing yards during his senior season, as he helped Reading to a 13-0 record and the Division 2 title. His prowess on the gridiron was enough to earn him election to the EMass chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

‘‘James Collins gives us reason to brag," said Jo-Ann Gregorowicz. ‘‘As his guidance counselor for nearly four years, I know James to be confident yet humble, independent yet appreciative, and totally genuine.’’

Collins was second in New England and second at All-States in his weight class and is a three-time sectional place finisher. He has 71 career pins, 31 of which came in his senior season, and has 92 career victories. In his spare time, Collins coaches youth wrestling and lacrosse and was a member of the youth and government program at the local YMCA during his junior year. The National Merit Finalist is 16th in his graduating class of 309.



Dan Regan, Norwell

Regan is a three sport captain, earning the leadership nod in football, basketball and baseball. He was named a South Shore League All-Star in football and basketball. He threw for 1,073 yards and nine touchdowns last fall, and in basketball has a career mark of 15.7 points and 6.2 assists per game.

Regan’s high academic standing, evidenced by his exemplary 4.04 weight GPA has earned him National Honor Society membership and has drawn

the eye of such prestigious schools as Harvard, Duke, Boston College and Cornell, which he has yet to decide between.

"As outstanding as Dan’s academics are, he also shines on the playing field and as a leader throughout the building," said guidance counselor Brenda Barrientos.

He devotes his time to bettering the halls of Norwell’s public schools as a peer educator, for which he serves as a substance-free model for his classmates. As a peer educator, he taught lessons in fourth and fifth grade classrooms about bully proofing, peer pressure and substance abuse prevention. He is active in his church as a religious education leader and a member of his youth group. He also volunteers as a youth recreational basketball coach and referee and a baseball and basketball

camp counselor.


Molly Breen, Millis

The three-sport captain has distinguished herself on the court and the soccer field and the track & field circuit. Breen is a two-time basketball All-Scholastic and was named the Tri-Valley League MVP for her

senior season.

She has 1,360 career points, 870 career rebounds, both of which are school records, and 322 career steals. This past outdoor track season she

qualified for states in the 800 run, the javelin and the shot put and was a Tri-Valley League All-Star. In soccer, Millis won the state championship and Breen earned Tri-Valley League All-Star honors as well as being named to the EMass Coaches Division 3 team.

‘‘I have a lot of respect for all of the girls that I coach but Molly will be one of the girls I will miss the most next year,’’ said basketball coach David Fallon. ‘‘I have never met a student as driven and as focused

as Molly.’’

Breen is fourth in her graduating class of 87, with a 4.64 cumulative GPA. She is a two-year member of the National Honor Society, and is a member of the school’s Benefactors Club, SADD group and Spanish Immersion Program.

Millis principal Robert Mullaney said Breen has left an indelible mark on the school during her tenure, saying it’s common to see grade school-age girls wearing Millis Mohawks shirts with the name Breen

emblazoned on the back.



Blake Blaze, Barnstable

Blaze is a four-year varsity member of the Barnstable tennis team and a three-time Old Colony League All-Star. The three-sport senior has lettered twice in football and three times in basketball and he finishes his high school career as a Globe All-Scholastic in tennis. He has been elected president of the student body all four years of his high school career.

Blaze scored a 2350 on the SAT, which includes a perfect 800 on the writing section, and is the valedictorian of his class.

‘‘I am both impressed and proud of Blake Blaze,’’ said counselor James F. Buckman. ‘‘He is perhaps the finest student, scholar and young man that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.’’

He has yet to make a college decision, but with his four options being Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and the University of Virginia, he’s already assured himself a top post-secondary education.

Blaze’s extra-curricular pursuits include the Steering Committee, the Model UN, the National Honor Society and the Drama Club. He interned at the

Cape Cod Hospital ER and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity last summer.


Phoebe Laplante, Bishop Stang

Laplante led Bishop Stang to the Division 2 South tourney with her state-leading offensive production, which stood at 113 goals and 25 assists. She was a captain on Bishop Stang’s basketball and soccer teams as well as the lacrosse team.

She is as prolific a scorer in basketball as she is in lacrosse, with an average of 17.5 points per game over her senior season. She also averaged 10.4 rebounds per game. Her performance on the court has earned her two Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star nods and has twice been voted team MVP.

On the soccer field Laplante contributed 17 goals and 11 assists during her career, and was recipient of the 2009 Coach’s Award.

"Phoebe is not only charming but she is an uncharacteristically mature person," said guidance counselor George L. Wrobel. "She is a leader of unparalleled grace, who affects not only her peers but also the adults fortunate enough to be involved with her."

The Quinnipiac lacrosse recruit has been on the honor roll her entire high school career and is a National Honor Society member. She is also active in student council and is a student ambassador.



David Jasukonis, St. Mary’s (W)

Though he tore his ACL during basketball season, preventing him from participating in his senior baseball season, Jasukonis’ previous accomplishments are more than enough to merit naming the tri-captain a Scholar-Athlete.

In his junior season, Jasukonis compiled an ERA of 2.33 and a K/BB ratio of 63 to 18. He batted .423 for an OBP of .610 and was named a Central Mass. all-star.

He was named Worcester County Athletic Conference MVP for his contributions on the soccer field and has 26 goals and 23 assists over the past two years. He averaged nine points and five steals per game on the basketball court.

"David is mature far beyond his years," said teacher Stephen J. Haggerty. "In my thirteen years of teaching over 1,000 students, David stands out as the most responsible young man I have had the pleasure to know."

Jasukonis is a three-year member of the drama club whose efforts earned him the Best Stage Crew Manager award. He has participated in the Walk for the Homeless three times and volunteered at the Wire Village after school program during his senior year. He will attend Ithaca College.


Rebecca Mongeau, Westboro

Mongeau’s becoming the first-ever freshman varsity member of the Westboro lacrosse team was just the start of what would be a highly-decorated career, as the defender has twice been named a

Midland-Wachusett All-Star.

She was a league all-star the past three years in soccer and a Central Massachusetts all-star the past two years, as she scored ten goals in both her junior and senior seasons. In her junior season she earned the Coach’s Award and in her senior year was named the Player’s Player MVP.

She led the basketball team in steals (58), deflections (74) and assists (48) and was a league all-star her senior season.

"Have you ever met a person who energizes a room when she arrives? Rebecca Mongeau is that special kind of person," said guidance counselor

Kathleen Sabet.

She was named to the National Honor Society in her junior year and serves as the organization’s treasurer. She has twice earned a spot in

Westboro’s concert choir.

She also devotes time to selfless action outside of school, repairing homes for the underprivileged as part of the Appalachia Service Project for the past two years.



A.J. Rossi, St. John’s Prep

Rossi is the valedictorian of his class of 314 and posted a perfect 800 score on the critical reading section of the SAT. A distance specialist, Rossi is a dual-sport Catholic Conference All-Star, earning the

nod for his contributions to St. John’s Prep’s Cross Country and Track teams.

He earned all-state honors in his junior year State Cross Country Championships as he led Prep to the EMass Division 1 title.

"I sincerely believe that AJ is a model of who we hope our students become during their time at St. John’s," said principal Edward P. Hardiman. "He is a talented, spiritual and personal young man who is committed to his faith and committed to advocating for the common good."

Rossi has been an active boy scout since first grade and earned the titles of Eagle Scout, Senior Patrol Leader and Order of the Arrow Ordeal

member in 2008. He currently serves as assistant scoutmaster for his troop.

He is a National Merit Scholarship commended student and three-year National Honor Society member. He served as president of the organization

his senior year. He is a four-year Spire Yearbook editor, and is editor-in-chief in his senior year. He is also the Jewish Student Union’s two-year president. He will attend the University of Pennsylvania.


Michele Macchione, St. Mary’s

When St. Mary’s wins a state championship, Michele Macchione is always in the middle of the action. Macchione was captain of St. Mary’s

soccer and hockey teams and also plays for the school’s two-time state champion softball team. She was a part of three hockey championships and is

a two-time Catholic Central League All-Star.

In her hockey career she accumulated 23 goals and 49 assists and was a key contributor in the team’s three consecutive Division 1 championships

and its national record 77-win streak.

She was named a CCL All-Star and team MVP her senior soccer season, and she helped St. Mary’s to the past two Division 3 softball titles.

‘‘As an inner city school, we strive to indentify role models for our young women,’’ said principal Carl A. DiMaiti. ‘‘I can assure you that Michelle Macchione is one of the most positive role models I have ever


The National Honor Society member is a student council representative, a member of the student admissions team and senior gift committee and a peer tutor. She took part in the Jimmy Fund Walk and

volunteered at the Ron Burton Training Village, a camp for low-income children. She will attend Northeastern.



John Giammarco, East Boston

Giammarco has made a name for himself on the baseball diamond, earning the rookie of the year nod in his freshman season and the outstanding player award his junior year. He has been a captain on the East Boston baseball team for the past two seasons.

He has hit 14 home runs, accumulated 102 hits and driven in 80 runs during his career. He has recorded 37 tackles at defensive end on the gridiron, helping East Boston earn two Super Bowl berths. In the winter, he has tallied five goals and 10 assists in his career on the ice for the Jets.

‘‘He is a true leader. His hard work and dedication is second to none," said baseball coach Phillip Brangiforte. "He is always the first one to arrive at practice and the last one to leave, always talking to his teammates about how to improve themselves."

He helped his team organize the first annual "Strike-Out" Colon Cancer Baseball Tournament, which raised $5,000 for Boston Medical Center

colon cancer research. He has spent the past four summers working at the East Boston Orient Heights summer camp and plans to do so again this summer. He will attend UMass-Boston.


Wildia Capre, Madison Park

Capre is a highly-accomplished athlete who has distinguished herself with her efforts in four sports over her career. She was named MVP and a City League All-Star for her volleyball and indoor track exploits and earned an all-star nod for outdoor track.

She has 240 career service points for Madison Park and a career 45 stolen bases for the softball team. The National Honor Society member serves as senior class treasurer, is on the prom committee, and

participated in the Walk for Hunger and the AIDS Walk.

‘‘It is quite clear that Wildia is an intelligent, motivated student with enormous potential, enthusiasm and determination," said Health Academy

guidance counselor Joao Gomes. "She is unique among her peers because of her maturity, work ethic and drive."

Capre gave up outdoor track in favor of softball her senior year to play with friends, despite having never touched a in her life. Though her lack of experience prevented her from being a strong hitter, she utilized her speed to become an asset to the team as a bunter.

‘‘Because of her speed, she beat out the throw to first base and had a very good batting average as a result,’’ said coach Gladys Perez Byrd.

She will attend Bentley University.

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