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April 7, 2011

2011 Salem News Student Athlete Award nominees

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Academically, Yasi scored a 1920 on his SAT's and carries a 92.47 (out of 100) grade point avearge to rank 34th out of 158 students.

"Peter is bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well rounded. He is one of the most reliable students I have come across at Swampscott High," explained Dean and Athletic Director Alison Argentieri. "I have witnessed his dedication to improving his individual skills, physical endurance and his commitment to his team."

JOE WIONCEK, BEVERLY

Beverly High Athletic Director James Coffey expected a different response when he suggested senior quarterback Joe Wioncek should come work for the New England Patriots some day. Coffey, Panthers coach Dan Bauer and Beverly's football captains were on a tour of Gillette Stadium two days before Wioncek helped lead his team to the school's first MIAA Super Bowl championship, but not even the bluster of the moment could derail Wioncek's long-term focus.

"I'll be doing bigger things," Wioncek told Coffey, "probably flying planes in the Air Force."

Wioncek is an unquestioned leader for his athletic teams, serving as a captain in football, wrestling and baseball. But his focus and determination to reach "bigger things" never seems to waver.

"I was truly amazed at his response," Coffey said, "and I believe it sums up perfectly the type of young man Joe is and where his priorities lie."

Wioncek, who ranks 14th in a class of 270 students, has a clear goal for the future: to attend a four-year college, preferably a military academy, and major in Engineering.

In addition to his many accomplishments on the fields and wrestling mat at Beverly High, Wioncek has maintained a 4.24 GPA and been a two-year member of the National Honor Society. He has also been a volunteer at Beverly Hospital, a religious education teacher, a volunteer Little League coach and a tutor, among other things.

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