Golf standout Nicholas Antonelli and field hockey ace Grace Ghioto were honored with the John D. Galaris Male and Female Student-Athlete Awards, respectively, while top notch golfer Jeff Santora and basketball superstar Danielle Jenkins each won the President's Cup Award as the annual Salem State Senior-Athlete Awards Banquet was held last week at the George Ellison Center located on the College's North Campus.
A total of 43 seniors were honored for their collegiate athletic careers. Also recognized were the team most valuable players from each sport for their outstanding performances during the 2009-10 academic year.
Antonelli, a senior from North Andover, was a four-year starter for the SSC golf team and captain the last two years. He was ranked as the NCAA No. 2 golfer in District 1 this past year and was named one of the top golfers in the region for 2009 by the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association. A four-year Dean's List member who holds a 3.58 GPA in Criminal Justice, he is both a 2010 nominee for NCAA All-American Scholar Award and a 2010 NCAA All-American nominee. Antonelli, a member of the 2006-2007 NCAA National qualifying team, has committed over six years of volunteer work to junior golf programs as well.
Ghioto, a four-year starter and captain of the Vikings' field hockey team a a senior, played every position on the field during her collegiate career. She moved to defense as a senior and became the squad's best defender, responsible for covering her opponent's top offensive player. A three-year member of the Little East All-Academic Team, she was accepted into the Honors Program at Salem State, where she has made the Dean's List all four years as a Biology major. She was a key factor in Salem State's 2008 MASCAC field hockey championship.
A two-time co-captain of the SSC golf team, Santora was an NCAA All-American in 2009, culminating a fine four-year collegiate career. He was recognized as one of the top 25 golfers by the NCAA and won individual championships at six collegiate tournaments. The winner of the 2009 Guy Tedesco Award as the top collegiate golfer in New England, Santora holds a 3.3 GPA and is a Dean's List student majoring in Business Administration. He too has provided many hours as both a mentor and an instructor to junior golf programs, and is both a 2010 NCAA All-American Scholar nominee and a 2010 NCAA All-American Golf nominee.
Jenkins finished her stellar SSC women's basketball career as the program's second all-time leading scorer with 1,664 points. A two-time captain for the Lady Vikings, she was the team's leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, and was named the 2010 MASCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year. A three-time All-MASCAC selection, Jenkins was named to the 2010 All-New England women's basketball second team.
Mary Farrell, Chairperson of Nursing, was presented the Richard B. "Mike" O'Keefe Award for outstanding service to the athletic program. Club lacrosse player Sherene Abu-Hijleh was honored with the Viking Award, which is presented to the Salem State student for their support of the school's athletic program. Also, basketball player Kerry Stokes was recognized with the CHAMPS/Life Skills Award for her outstanding contributions to the community and her fellow students.
Team MVPs for each sport at Salem State were as follows:
Adrien Malosse, men's tennis; Megan Cote, women's tennis; Damen Nisula, ice hockey; Andrew Angus, men's soccer; Danielle Jenkins, women's basketball; Jeff Santora, golf; Jennifer Fuller, women's track; Brian Clark, men's basketball; Jehu Cimea, men's track; Katelynn Fanning, softball; Megan Closson, field hockey; Alex Derosa, men's cross country; Rebecca Chapa, volleyball; Taylor Krajewski, women's cross country; Brendan Gill, men's lacrosse; Erin O'Brien, women's soccer.