A center midfielder and four-year varsity player, Ellison led the Tanners to a 36-3-3 record in her two years as captain (including the longest playoff run in program history as a junior). She was named Northeastern Conference MVP and All-New England as a senior, but honors and statistics are just the tip of the iceberg.
Ellison is the epitome of a selfless player, often embracing a defensive role that took away statistics and potential headlines, but led to ample victories. Her precision passing and absolute control on the pitch were a sight to behold for the soccer aficionado.
Her interests range much wider than just soccer, though. A National Honor Society member, Ellison has taken four Advance Placement classes and has a particular interest in science. She earned PVMHS' University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and hopes to study medicine.
Ellison volunteers at Rosewood Nursing Home, Haven From Hunger, at the Annual Hospice Walk and as a peer tutor at the high school. She has also been an ambassador to the MIAA and has earned varsity letters in indoor track.
"Angela is always ready to lend a hand," Peabody High principal Ed Sapienza said. "Quiet, yet assertive when necessary, Angela makes the perfect teammate and classmate."
Ellison, whose older sister Emilee was Peabody's nominee for the Salem News Student-Athlete Award in 2005, will study and play Division 1 soccer at Quinnipiac University in the fall.
WILLIAM CURATOLO, MANCHESTER ESSEX
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for William Curatolo it's done nothing but fuel his drive both on and off the field at Manchester Essex.
A four-sport varsity athlete (soccer, indoor track, sailing and lacrosse), Curatolo's contributions to his high school range as far as representing the Hornets at Boys State and in sailing regattas to leading the Hornets in their first year as an indoor track program this spring. The soccer captain at Manchester Essex also undertook a once-in-a-lifetime internship with the Cowen Lab for Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Mass General.