2011 All-Scholastics

Extended bios for 2011 Boston Globe / Richard Phelps scholar-athletes

Globe Staff / June 26, 2011

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District A

Mark Cornelius, Westford/North Carolina State – The Dual County League MVP in basketball also excels in baseball and football, as he was named league all-star in all three sports. He was also the captain of basketball and baseball teams. Cornelius dedicates his free time to giving back to the community, serving as a coach and referee for Westford youth basketball. “Mark is that understated athlete that quietly walks onto the field or court and wows you with his abilities,” guidance counselor Betsy Murphy said. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders and is ready for what lies ahead.”

Julie Solimine, Haverhill/Providence – The class valedictorian excels not only in the classroom, but on the track as she holds five league course records. Solimine is a three-sport captain, and is a two-time league champion in the two-mile during the indoor track season. The National Honor Society member also dedicates her time to being a middle school volunteer track coach, as well as helping out at the St. Jaines parish service group. “Julie has throughout her career sought to make Haverhill high school a better community for all,” track coach Michael Maguire said. “She has been involved in student activities that have the goal of bringing out the best in others. I have great anticipation for what she can and will accomplish in the future.”

District B

Kasey Moran, Medford/St. Anselm – Moran helped lead the cross-country and basketball team to a GBL championship this year, and led the GBL in batting average with a .551 during softball. Moran, who is counselor at basketball and softball camps, has a 3.8 GPA and ranks 22nd in her class. Moran also participated in numerous extra curricular activities, including cooking for the homeless, the math leads club and the walk for cancer. “Not only does she put every ounce of effort into her schoolwork and varsity sports, but she volunteers regularly,” guidance counselor Amelia Westmark said. “She has volunteered every summer as a camp counselor, and has given over 60 hours of work to the local soup kitchen.”

Will Marcal, Lexington/Brown – Marcal led Lexington to a 21-1 record, while going 8-0 with 81 strikeouts. The two-time Middlesex league MVP has also been a member of the varsity debate team for four years, as well as being a peer mentor and peer leader. Marcal, who has been a captain of the baseball team for the past three seasons, is the first sophomore baseball captain in Lexington school history. Marcal’s success carries over to the classroom, where he finished with a 3.44 GPA. “I have been an educator for more than 30 years, and as a result, have crossed paths with thousands of high school students,” principal Natalie Cohen said. “I would name Will Marcal as one of the most talented, genuine, good-hearted high school students I have encountered.

District C

Blake Dietrick, Wellesley/Princeton – Dietrick, the all-time leading basketball and lacrosse scorer in school history, helped Wellesley to a South Sectional lacrosse semi-final this year and a basketball state championship in 2008. The National Honor Society member is also the 2010 founder of the middle school outreach program to combat bullying. “I consider her to be a remarkable young women, with a maturity level well beyond her years,” principal Andrew Keough said. “I believe her greatest strength lies in her generosity of spirit and her kind demeanor.” Dietrick’s talents in the classroom parallel her success on the field, as she scored a perfect 800 on the critical reading section of the SATs.

Harry Rein, Hingham/MIT – The captain of the football, indoor and outdoor track teams will play both football and track at MIT next year. While dedicating his time to athletics, Rein managed to work as an intern for NES Technologies and be a national semi-finalist in Moody’s Mega Math challenge. “Harry has managed to successfully navigate two very different worlds,” guidance counselor Heather Lewallen said. “As a student, he is an intellectually curious and self directed. As an athlete, he’s a three-sport captain.” Rein is an exceptional math student, as he scored an 800 on the SATs in the math section and was a state finalist in American Mathematics Contest.

District D

Viviana Hanley, Bishop Feehan/Harvard – The class salutatorian achieved a perfect score on the SATs, scoring an 800 in all three sections. Hanley’s success, however, is not limited to the classroom as she has been a varsity-letter winner since 2008 in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. Hanley, who captained all three track teams this season, was also named the Globe’s cross-country runner of the year in 2010 and finished second in the 2-mile at this year’s all-state championship. “Her involvement in the community, school and church are outstanding,” cross-country coach Bob L’Homme said. “Viviana is the most humble and selfless person you will ever meet.”

William Looney, Bishop Feehan/Harvard – Looney, the president of the Bishop Feehan Peer Ministry board, is an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star and captain for cross country, indoor an outdoor track. He holds four school records, and also received the Monsignor Scholar Athlete award from his school. “William is a well-rounded young man who has been involved in many of our extra curricular clubs,” guidance director Neil Loew said. “He has given of his time and efforts in a caring and unselfish manner.” Looney volunteers weekly at the Markman Children’s program in Attleboro, as well as arranging Thanksgiving baskets and the Valentine’s Day Breakfast for Families in Need.

Central Mass. District E

Gavin O’Neil, St. Peter-Marian/Air Force – The three-year National Honor Society member led his football team in five categories and holds five school records for track and field. O’Neil is ranked fifth in his class, and is a five-time Central Mass Conference All-Star in four different sports. “Gavin is a one of a kind student athlete, they type of kid that a community sees once every 10-15 years if they are lucky,” football coach Sean Leary said. “Words like selfless, friend, teammate, leader and humble only begin to scratch the surface of his character.” O’Neil also dedicates his time to being a Camp sunshine counselor and a basketball coach for St. Peter’s parish youth basketball.

Gina Lirange, Auburn/Bentley – Lirange, a three-sport captain in field hockey, basketball and softball, logged 300 points in her basketball career. The president of the National Honor Society is a four-year varsity player in all three sports, while achieving a 4.74 weighted GPA in the classroom. “What makes Gina truly outstanding is that she gives back to the community,” principal Casey Handfield said. “Her work with Habitat for Humanity transcends the community of Auburn and has affected a much larger populace beyond the town of Auburn.” Lirange, who was recognized as the most outstanding female athlete in her class, was also named the Telegram and Gazette field hockey Player of the Year.

District H

Samantha Curran, Cardinal Spellman/Wentworth – The class valedictorian received academic achievement awards in physics, AP Calculus, AP English and AP Psychology. “She has taken the most rigorous courses available to her,” guidance counselor Marianne Hogan said. Curran is the captain of both the volleyball and softball team. Curran was named the 2010 Enterprise volleyball player of the year after recording 503 assists and 242 service points. On the diamond, the second baseman is batting .276 with 14 RBI. “She is a quiet but intense competitor that believes she can get the job done at anytime,” softball coach and athletic director Michael Gerrish said.

Marc Hetnik, Catholic Memorial/Boston University — Hetnik will attend BU after playing a year of juniors for the British Columbia Hockey League. Hetnik, a four-year hockey and golf letter winner, also plays lacrosse. When he’s not on the field, he dedicates his time to the Walk for Hunger and Breast Cancer. ‘‘Marc has always shown a great desire to be successful; and because of this has developed an impressive work ethic,’’ principal Richard Chrisholm said. Hetnik is also a dynamic member of the National Honor Society and the Ambassadors club, and helped participated in a school-wide effort to raise funds for the Haiti Earthquake relief.


Stephanie Reyes, O’Bryant/Harvard – The class salutatorian also received the school’s academic award for the year. Reyes, a league all-star during the soccer season scored 10 goals and seven assists. Reyes also dedicates her time to model UN and the student government, as well as being a math tutor. She was also the 2010 winner of Boston’s Academic Excellence Award for soccer. “Stephanie is well liked and respected by her teachers and peers,” headmaster Steven Sullivan said. “She can always be found with a smile and a positive attitude whether in class, on the playing field or in the office where she volunteers one period a day during study hall.”

Danielson Andrade, Boston International/Bridgewater State – After moving to the U.S three years ago from Cape Verde, Andrade helped lead his soccer team to the Division 3 state semi-final last year. He was also named winner of the Determination Award, presented to the student-athlete who has viewed all challenges as opportunities, maintained a positive attitude when overcoming obstacles, and emncouraged his teammates to never give up. Andrade visited Ghana, West Africa in the spring of 2010 to participate in a service-learning to trip to perform community service. “Danielson impressed me right away with his charisma and leadership abilities,” headmaster Nicole Bahnam said. “Danielson has excellent abilities as an athlete, a scholar and a leader.” Andrade also tutors students in the after school program at Boston international, and helped organize meetings to combat violence in the community.