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April 7, 2011

2011 Salem News Student Athlete Award nominees

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A member of basketball, baseball and football teams that all won league championships, Castillo's drive is even more apparent in the classroom, where he has managed a 3.7 (out of 4.0) GPA to rank 16th in his class. Castillo's vocational area of focus is Machine Technology, and the senior challenged himself throughout his high school career with a very rigorous courseload, according to Principal Brad Morgan. So far this year has been Castillo's most impressive academic showing with a 4.1 GPA for the opening semester, which was fourth best out of 109 students.

When he goes on to college, this proud Bulldog will study in hopes of one day becoming an engineer.

PETER YASI, SWAMPSCOTT

Peter Yasi was named MVP of the Big Blue for his efforts on the gridiron this past season, but it's an entirely different "MVP" that shows just what kind of individual will be headed to Bowdoin College to play football in the fall.

Yasi was chosen to be a member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program at Swampscott High, a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women from all backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities.

Yasi's leadership transcends onto the field and the hardwood, where Yasi was a captain of both the football and basketball teams this year. The most important piece to the Big Blue's defense in football, Yasi recorded 103 career tackles (11 for a loss), three fumbles, eight pass break ups and eight sacks (including seven his senior year).

More importantly, head coach Steve Dembowski built his 3-4 defensive packages around Yasi's ability. Also a versatile offensive weapon, Dembowski used his Northeastern Conference South all-star and team MVP as both a slot receiver and a tight end because of his ability to block as well as catch the ball and run with it. This summer, he will play in both of the state's prestigious all-star games for outgoing senior football players: The Shriner's Game and the Harry Agganis All-Star Football Classic.

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