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April 1, 2014

2014: Salem News Student-Athlete Award profile: Ryan Heber, Danvers

Ryan Heber has all the qualities of a great student-athlete. He’s hardworking, driven, shows natural leadership and is obviously intelligent and athletic.

Heber ranks third in his class with a 100.278 average and is a captain of both the cross country and baseball teams.

“He is full of initiative, driven toward growth and self-improvement, mature, creative and independent,” Danvers guidance counselor Susan Shawn said. “I am confident he will be successful in all his future endeavors. He is a gem.”

Heber has never received a grade below an A-minus and earned the Yale Book Award as a junior. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language National Honor Society and the Model United Nations. He has also volunteered as a tutor at Danvers High and at the Holy Trinity Methodist Church Vacation Bible School.

When it comes to sports, Heber’s approach is very similar to the way he handles academics. When Heber commits to something, he puts everything he has into it.

After playing football and basketball in his early years of high school, Heber switched to cross country and eventually indoor track. He has played baseball every year and was named captain for both baseball and cross country as a senior.

One of Heber’s best qualities in the athletic arena is his leadership.

“Ryan would never yell at his teammates to keep up, but he would consistently encourage them to do so,” Danvers track coach John Norris said. “His teammates’ response to this meticulous leadership was to become more meticulous themselves, to work harder, to improve as individuals and as a team.”

 

 

 

Hometown: Danvers

Age: 18

College you will be attending: Undecided

What is your favorite book?: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

What is your favorite movie?: “Inspector Gadget 2”

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