The Salem News
---- — Running ahead of the pack. Whether it’s been in the athletic or academic sense, others have been chasing Arianna Maida ever since she walked through the doors at Bishop Fenwick four years ago.
Captain for the Crusaders’ cross country, winter and spring track teams, she has excelled in all three. She has improved her time in the 1000 meter run indoors by more than five seconds (3:11.10), 5,000 meters by nearly a full minute (19:02) and indoor and outdoor mile runs significantly while also starring in the 600, 800 and 2-mile races. She won the 1000 meter race at the Tri-County League championships this winter, as well.
A Salem News cross country all-star, the Peabody native went to All-States all four of her years at Fenwick and took 26th place this past season in 18:11. She also set a new course record at home (19:07), was fifth at the Catholic Memorial Invitational and was fifth at the Eastern Mass. Division 6 race (19:02). In addition, Maida captured the Catholic Central League championship race. She was also an indoor track all-star for The Salem News after going unbeaten in the 1000.
Owner of a 4.5378 grade point average, Maida is in the top 5 percent of her senior class and carries an ACT Composite score of 22. The National Honor Society member has received academic awards for Chemistry, Spanish (1, 2 and 3), European Culture, Religion and English 2.
“Arianna is one of the most passionate students in our senior class. It has been her lively enthusiasm, keen determination, array of interests and natural curiosity that have allowed her to enjoy enormous success,” said principal Brother Thomas Zoppo, FSC. “She is mature, gifted, articulate and determined ... Arianna has excelled in a rigorous academic environment and is anxious to continue her studies upon graduation at a setting that will foster her love for educational challenge.”
She is also Bishop Fenwick’s senior class president, a member of the Student Activities Council, Campus Ministry Outreach Club, a tutor at the Torigian Center in her hometown, a volunteer worker at Sunrise Assisted Living, a founding member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and both a Ralph LeDuc Award and Brad Svoboda Memorial Scholarship recipient.
“Arianna has earned such respect from her classmates through her initiative and compassion,” said guidance counselor Michelle E. Hastings. “For example, last October, Arianna and two friends proactively organized a drive collecting a truckload of clothing, bedding and other supplies for families affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
What is your favorite book?: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
What is your favorite movie?: “The Parent Trap”
Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: John Mayer
What is your favorite website?: Do not have one
What is your favorite class in school?: Anatomy
What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: “My course record for the cross country home course at Fenwick. Cross country is my favorite season to run, and I have had it since freshman year. The record is an accomplishment and a mark to leave behind — and a nice memory for the future.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?: “My parents, because they have made me the person I am today. They are always so supportive academically and athletically. I hope I am the person they are when I grow up.”
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: “Being happy and working at a local hospital in pediatrics or orthopedics as a physician assistant.”