The Salem News Student-Athlete Award trophy will be engraved with Mann’s name and will be displayed at Masconomet Regional (which has more winners, 8, than any other school) for the next year. Mann will also receive the $1,000 Nelson K. Benton Scholarship, named in honor of the retired Salem News Editorial Page Editor who championed the Student-Athlete program.
Mann ranks 6th in Masconomet’s senior class and has a keen interest in emergency response. He’s hoping to go into medicine, perhaps orthopedics, and as a member of the Student Emergency Response Team has shadowed Masconomet’s athletic trainer. His cool demeanor and his focus on reassuring a teammate during a particularly tough football injury last year impressed the judges.
Balancing the kind of time it takes to learn about treatment, and become a member of a National Honor Society in two languages (including German), with commitments to his Chieftains teammates isn’t easy, but its part of what makes Mann who he is.
“Academics always came first for me. Everything else is sort of a hobby, something you spend your free time on,” said Mann, who was very thankful to his parents, Kurt and Jill, and his older sister, who is studying at Boston University.
A football captain, he was the NEC/CAL Tier 1 Most Valuable Player while impacting all three areas of football: offense, defense and special teams. He had 100 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and a touchdown while scoring 12 touchdowns on offense and another on a return. A Mass. State Coaches Association Super 26 honoree and Shriners Game all-star, Mann was most proud that his team won their league title and advanced to the playoffs.
“That was what he coveted most,” said Masconomet football coach Jim Pugh. “He exuded confidence and leadership by his actions on the field and in school.”