SALEM — Masconomet Regional High School senior Dylan Mann actually hopes to be riding an ambulance this summer, possibly as an emergency medical technician.
One thing is for sure: that ambulance will have a leader, and a winner, in its fold.
Mann was named the 51st winner of the Salem News Student-Athlete Award at the annual banquet at Finz in Salem last night. The football and lacrosse standout best embodied all the qualities in athletics, in the classroom, and in the community that the judges felt summed up student-athletes.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Mann said afterward. “It makes you feel pretty good because you can see hard work paying off.”
Founded in 1962, the Salem News Student-Athlete Award brings together nominees chosen by administrators at 14 area high schools. Those candidates are profiled in the News and were interviewed by a panel of judges (Salem News sports editor Phil Stacey, Lorin Buksa, a career counselor at North Shore Community College; Julie Livingston, president of Marblehead Bank; Michael Dellisola, claims examiner for Energi Insurance Services in Peabody; and Bob Hanson, assistant vice president for commercial banking at Salem Five Bank) yesterday.
This year’s class — Mann, Beverly’s Brendan Flaherty, Bishop Fenwick’s Bryan Mendes, Danvers’ Duncan d’Hemecourt, Essex Aggie/North Shore Tech’s Julianna DeGenova, Hamilton-Wenham’s Andrew Klobucher, Ipswich’s Sarah Keiran, Manchester Essex’s Carolyn Heslop, Marblehead’s Ian Maag, Peabody’s Catarina Rocha, Pingree’s Hossam Hamdan, Salem’s Emilio Beato, St. John’s Prep’s Matt Brady, Swamspcott’s Peter Hale — was extremely gifted, both athletically and academically.
After some thoughtful deliberation by the five judges, Mann stood out.
“Among all the judges, Dylan was a 10 across the board,” said Stacey. “He really summed up everything that we were looking for. With Dylan, the athletics were almost secondary to everything else about him.”