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April 7, 2011

2011 Salem News Student Athlete Award nominees

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"Kaitlyn was instrumental in the growth and development of our team," said ice hockey coach Sarah Carpenter. "Her spirit and positive attitude are infectious, and she can always find the best in anyone and in any situation win or lose."

An accomplished musician, O'Connell is a member of two choral groups at Pingree: the "singers" and the "varsity a cappella." She has also volunteered as a Pingree School tour guide, taken service trips to Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and volunteers at Beverly Bootstraps.

OLIVIA RAISNER, MARBLEHEAD

When Olivia Raisner puts her mind to something, it almost always gets done. The senior from Marblehead has been a builder and a leader in her time as a Magicians athlete — most impressively helping the girls basketball team's 180-degree turnaround that ended with a state tournament berth last winter.

Raiser, a guard, simply wouldn't hang her head when the team had tough years early in her career. A captain this past winter, she set the bar with her work ethic and 3-point shooting as Marblehead made the tourney for the first time in six years.

Ranking No. 20 in Marblehead's senior class with a grade point average of 4.11, Raisner is a National Honor Society member and a well-rounded student who has been honored with the Excellence in Honors Algebra II Award, the United States Legal Award and the Letters About Literature Award.

With a strong spirit of volunteerism, Raisner has taken humanitarian trips to Cuba and Ecuador and serves as a acolyte at St. Andrew's Church in Marblehead. She captained the MHS Powder Puff team that helped raise $10,000 for Girls Inc. and also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Salem.

Raisner is also a leader that captures the admiration and respect of her peers. In addition to captaining the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams, she is secretary of the MHS Student Government Association. She lettered in soccer at MHS and hopes to continue her lacrosse career at Bowdoin.

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