"It can be difficult transition, and what impressed his teammates and I about Greg wasn't his wins, but the way he earned them with hard work and determination," said Tanners tennis coach Chris Vasseur.
In the classroom, Doonan ranks eighth in a senior class of 480 with a grade point average of 3.86. His extensive course load includes five advanced placement classes.
For Doonan, when school and sports are over the day is just beginning. His community service record is as impressive as anything on his resume — a tough feat for one as gleaming as his.
For starters, he is a member of the National Honor Society and organized the "Passion Plunge" — a frigid leap in the ocean in the dead of winter — to raise money for Special Olympics. He also helped with the "Jolly Jaunt" 5K road race to benefit the same cause.
A natural leader, Doonan has been on Peabody's captain's council as well as a representative of the student council. He represented PHS on the Northeast Regional Student Advisory Council.
"Greg is a leader both on and off the field," said longtime Peabody soccer coach Stan McKeen. "A very hard working and dedicated individual, Greg's leadership is shown by his intelligence, skill, speed and unrelenting hustle."
Doonan came out on top of an impressive crop of candidates that included Heidi Johnson (Ipswich), Michael Koniares (Masconomet), Abby Poeske (Bishop Fenwick), Kelly O'Connor (Beverly), Ryan Mahan (North Shore Tech), Anne Osborne (Manchester Essex), Tara Nimkar (Swampscott), Robert Chapruet (Danvers), Ryan Heffrin (Marblehead), Brian Wettach (St. John's Prep), Ashley Felton (Salem), Emily Lanois (Hamilton-Wenham) and Josh Shain (Pingree).
"The toughest job in all of this is the principals and athletic directors who have to choose just one kid from their entire institution," said Salem news editorial page editor Nelson Benton. "They were all outstanding candidates."