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April 4, 2008

Marblehead's Colantuno wins Salem News Student-Athlete Award

SALEM — Marblehead High's Courtney Colantuno has a annual schedule that seems overwhelming. She plays three sports for the Magicians, stretches herself academically and is very involved in her community.

But there's a calmness to Colantuno's demeanor that enables her to not only get through every day, but to excel in everything she does.

It's a rare skill and one of the many qualities that put Colantuno over the top in the competition for the 46th Salem News Student-Athlete Award last night, which was presented in a dinner ceremony at The Hawthorne Hotel.

Colantuno had the edge over 13 other top-notch student-athletes from North Shore high schools, all of whom were interviewed by a panel of five judges yesterday at The Salem News office in Beverly. She became the fourth winner from Marblehead High and the school's first since 1991, when Brant Firestone captured the award.

"There was a lot of competition," said Colantuno, who also earned a $2,000 scholarship as part of the Student-Athlete Award. "I got the letter (notifying her that she was Marblehead's nominee) two weeks ago and thought, 'What is this?' I'm just really shocked right now."

Colantuno has set a superb example at Marblehead. She's been a captain in field hockey, ice hockey and softball and been instrumental in each teams' success, including a 16-4 mark in softball last year when she was named Northeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Academically, she's in the top 15 percent of her class and has embraced community service projects throughout her high school career.

So does she ever feel overwhelmed?

"There are times when you definitely need a break," said Colantuno, who is headed to Bowdoin College and will play softball. "But you get over it. Whatever is next for me, I try to have fun with it.

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