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October 23, 2012

Central Catholic graduate aims to motivate others

WINDHAM – A college student from Windham is trying to motivate people toward a better world.

“If you want something bad enough, you’ll get it,” Sahil Maripuri said.

Maripuri has launched a motivational website, PromoteHustle.com, where he publishes inspiring quotations from athletes, business leaders and others.

Maripuri attends Northeastern University in Boston, where he is a dean’s list student in the fourth year of a five-year program. He is studying electrical engineering with a business minor.

A 2009 graduate of Central Catholic in Lawrence, he used to post motivational content on his Facebook page. People liked what he posted.

“After a while, I figured I had a niche with it,” Maripuri said.

So he launched the website in August. He’s getting 100 views a day now.

“I’m trying to grow it,” he said.

He’s up to nearly 200 Twitter followers, too.

David DeFillippo, his former principal and Central Catholic’s director of community relations, stays in touch with Maripuri and came away impressed by the website.

“I thought the concept, at least to my knowledge, is quite unique,” DeFillippo said. “This is a pretty good idea.”

Maripuri has done significant research and put together something worth viewing, in DeFillippo’s opinion.

“There are thought-provoking quotes and vignettes at a level high school and college students can understand and appreciate,” he said.

Some of the content, “reaches into your heart,” DeFillippo said.

Maripuri knows personally how motivation can make a difference.

He was the typical skinny kid in junior high who grew 5 inches and added 70 pounds to his frame in high school.

His inspirations were fitness gurus like Jay Cutler and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“It definitely changed my life,” Maripuri said.

The transition got him thinking about his grades, too. The B student in high school now carries a 3.9 grade point average at the university.

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