The Salem News
---- — A lot of great athletes can lead their teams in important individual statistics. But leading the way in categories that help and involve teammates says a lot more about the true star student-athletes.
Peabody High senior Carolyn Scacchi fits that bill and more in both volleyball and basketball. She led her hoops team in scoring and also in assists. In volleyball, she was her team’s leader, not just in kills and service points, but in defensive digs.
A two-sport captain, Scacchi was intent on putting her teammates first.
“Carolyn makes everyone around her better: better players, better people, better peers. She makes good decisions on the court, in the classroom and in life,” said recently retired Peabody girls basketball coach Jane Heil. “She sets high standards for herself and expects nothing less from her teammates.”
When Scacchi had to assert herself and take over, it was with authority. She enjoyed a tremendous second half of the basketball season, helping Peabody win a state tournament game and in the process becoming just the sixth Tanner girl to ever reach 1,000 career points. She was named Salem News Girls Basketball Player of the Year for her combination of skill around the basket, tenacity in the paint, rebounding and assists.
“The level of intensity she brings to our program is magnificent, and her work ethic is second to none,” Heil said. “She’s the ultimate team player.”
As a student, Scacchi ranks 35th in Peabody High’s senior class of more than 450. She carries a 3.70 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has a diverse interest in subject matter, having studied both French and Italian, and she tackled Advanced Placement courses in economics and statistics.
Carolyn is a model for our younger student-athletes,” said Eric Buckley, principal of Peabody High.
Scacchi plans to play volleyball at Southern New Hampshire University. She is a two-time Northeastern Conference MVP in the sport, having led the conference in blocks, attacks and digs this past fall. She is the all-time leader in kills at Peabody and was a state coaches First-Team All-State pick as a senior.
“Her work ethic on and off the court is amazing. She’s always striving to improve her own skills and those of her teammates,” said Peabody volleyball coach Lisa Keene, “I wish I could go back and relive the last four years with Carolyn.”
College you will be attending: Southern New Hampshire University
What is your favorite book?: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Colins
What is your favorite movie?: “RocknRolla”
Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Mackelmore
What is your favorite website?: Barstool Sports
What is your favorite class in school?: AP Statistics
What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: “Scoring my 1,000th point in girls basketball. It made me only the sixth girl ever at Peabody High to reach 1,000 points.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?: “My parents and my Peabody volleyball coach, Lisa Keene. I would not be where I am today without coach Keene.”
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: “Working in finance, getting married and traveling the world.”