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April 1, 2014

2014 Salem News Student Athlete Award profile: Jillian Witwicki, Pingree

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“Jillian has a deferential demeanor that is laced with a great sense of humor (which) she slyly shares with those lucky enough to witness it,” said Meghan Farley, Pingree’s co-director of college counseling. “She is a leader in class discussion, never afraid to instigate meaningful debates. It is her strong moral compass and solid work ethic that will guide her.”

A captain of all three sports at Pingree, Witwicki is also a member of the school’s Freedom Club and Knitting Club. She also takes part in a challenger athletic program for children with special needs.

“I always admired how inclusive Jill is. She is so encouraging; she combines her talent and accomplishments with empathy and sportsmanship, “ said Pingree softball coach and teacher Jim MacLaughlin.

 

 

 

Hometown: Danvers

Age: 18

College you will be attending: Undecided, considering Amherst, St. Michael’s and others

What is your favorite book?: “Eleven Seconds” by Travis Roy

What is your favorite movie?: “Argo”

Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Darius Rucker

What is your favorite website?: Pinterest

What is your favorite class in school?: AP Statistics

What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: “Winning the Eastern Independent League ice hockey championship in overtime my junior year. This was the third consecutive year that we faced Berwick Academy in the finals, and though we were not expected to win, we believed in ourselves as a team and pulled off the upset.”

Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?: “My parents. They push me to do my best while also supporting me in everything I do. They have given me so much to allow me to follow my academic and athletic dreams — and I cannot thank them enough.”

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I would like to be teaching special education and coaching a girls high school hockey team.”

 

 

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