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April 7, 2011

2011 Salem News Student Athlete Award nominees

ALISON LANOIS, HAMILTON-WENHAM

It seems like only yesterday that Alison Lanois was a promising young athlete for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional track and field team.

Nearly four years later, Lanois has more than fulfilled that promise athletically, academically and with her mission trips to work with struggling communities in New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia.

The Dartmouth College-bound Lanois was instrumental in leading the Generals' cross country team to a 72-0 record and four consecutive state divisional championships, plus the overall state title in 2008. She also helped make H-W one of the most competitive teams in the state both indoors and outdoors.

Individually, Lanois earned Cape Ann League Runner of the Year and Salem News All-Star honors multiple times, and she's been a state indoor champion in the mile, an Eastern Mass. champion in cross country and a team MVP and captain, among many other things. She owns school indoor records in the two-mile and mile and was on three relay teams that also set school marks.

The academic segment of her life has been just as impressive. Lanois has been on the High Honor roll every year and she's a member of the National Honor Society. She ranks in the top 5 percent of her class, has a 4.29 GPA and had a perfect 800 in the writing portion of her SAT test.

"In addition to her achievements on the track and in the classroom, Alison lives a life of giving and service," said Hamilton-Wenham Principal Matthew J. Fox. "One of our teachers wrote, 'Whether it's her time at the food pantry or the mission trips she takes with her church, she is dedicated to helping those in need and making a difference.'"

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