The Salem News
---- — It only makes sense that North Shore Tech senior Andrew Gallione wants to be an electrician.
He’s wired a little bit differently than most kids.
A three-year starter for the Bulldogs football team and a three-year varsity player on the baseball field, Gallione has challenged himself both on and off the field throughout high school. All along the way, he’s had a singular focus on achieving his goal of studying electrical engineering in college, getting his electrician’s license and someday owning an electrical and mechanical engineering firm.
“Andrew is more than a student-athlete; he is looked up to as a leader by his peers,” said North Shore Tech principal Brian Morgan. “He challenges himself academically with a rigorous course load, including several honors level classes that will serve him well as he prepares to major in electrical engineering.”
Gallione carries a 4.022 grade point average, which ranks fourth in North Shore’s senior class. A Beverly native, he’s been class treasurer for all four years of high school and is also a four-time Skills USA program participant.
Athletically, he came out for the football team for the first time as a freshman and put in tremendous work to earn a starting safety position as a sophomore, newly retired head coach Paul Worth said. Gallione has been a staple of North Shore’s secondary ever since, helping the team win three league championships along the way.
His favorite moment was helping the Bulldogs lead a 26-point, come-from-behind victory over Dorchester in the state’s new playoff format this past fall.
He’s challenged himself in the classroom, with his favorite class being calculus and trigonometry. He sees the wisdom in studying a variety of challenging subjects, because they all play a role in his desired field of electrical engineering. In fact, bringing together many disciplines is one of the things about the field that appeals to Gallione.
“He sets a great example for his teammates by his work ethic and academic record,” Worth said. “He was always the first on the practice field and the last one to leave.”
Gallione has volunteered in his hometown at the BevCam community TV station and has also served as caretaker for a local World War II veteran for the past five years. He received the Tech’s John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, as well.
“Andrew is an exceptional human being with a kind and caring heart,” Worth said.
College you will be attending: Wentworth Institute of Technology
What is your favorite book?: “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis
What is your favorite movie?: “Friday Night Lights”
Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Blake Shelton
What is your favorite website?: Twitter
What are your favorite classes in school?: Calculus and Trigonometry
What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: “Our 2013 playoff football game against Dorchester. We were down 24-0 at the end of the first half. During halftime, nothing was said. We knew what needed to be done. We fought back to win 26-24. It took a team effort with the defense playing as one unit swarming to the ball and the offense shining. The game showed the perseverance, toughness and confidence that North Shore Tech football is all about. This is the game I will still talk about in 50 years.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?: “My football coach, Paul Worth. He finds a way to get his players and students to reach beyond the point they feel is their absolute maximum. He coached us to have character, sportsmanship, trust and leadership. These are qualities I will take with me throughout life and pass on to others.”
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: “As a licensed electrician in Massachusetts. I have worked hard in high school in the electrical field, and obtaining my license is a long-term goal of mine. I will be pursuing a new long-term goal of earning a degree in electromechanical engineering. I see myself working hard as an engineer and, hopefully, leading to owning and operating an engineering firm that specializes in mechanical and electrical engineering.”