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April 7, 2011

2011 Salem News Student Athlete Award nominees

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Jennings was also a captain, team MVP and Northeastern Conference all-star in field hockey.

On the academic side, Jennings is No. 5 in a class of 265, carries a 4.4 GPA and was named to the National Honor Society as a junior. Owner of a 1900 score on her SATs, her community service activities included a stint as the director of the city-wide sports field clean-up. Julia has also served as a mentor the last two years at both a summer field hockey clinic and as the Salem High Freshman Orientation.

"Julia leads by her character," said Salem High Athletic Director Scott Connolly. "She is one of the most sincere, attentive, honest and caring athletes I have ever worked with."

Said Craig Massey of the social studies department, "Julia impresses you with her strong sense of integrity. She is concerned about what is doing right first rather than putting her needs ahead of others. I can think of no more admirable trait for a student to have."

HANNAH O'FLYNN, IPSWICH

Hannah O'Flynn could easily carry the title of Miss Versatility for the Ipswich High Tigers.

O'Flynn played all five positions for the basketball team this past season and became just the fourth player in the history of the girls program to surpass 1,000 career points. More importantly, she led the Tigers to their deepest state tournament run since 2006. On Senior Night (i.e., the final home game of the season), O'Flynn, wearing her basketball uniform, played the National Anthem on her saxophone.

Her skill level in other sports has also been exceptional. O'Flynn was the goalie for the Ipswich soccer team that made it all the way to the North sectional tournament final and, in track, she broke the state Division 2 record in the 400 meters. She also set the school record in the 800 while competing in that event just one time.

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