Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.
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Lewis is a top scholar who hopes to attend WPI or Rochester Institute of Technology to become a computer engineer. A member of the National Honor Society, he is ranked 26th in a class of 171 and scored a 690 on his Math SAT.
Coach Mike Hachey said, “Andrew played his first full season as a varsity player. You can always find a place on your roster for a character player such as Andrew. You couldn’t ask for a nicer, more genuine young man.”
Lewis, whose younger sister Lexi stars for the Jags’ girls team, is a member of the Robotics Club and three different bands. He also has his own landscaping business. Lewis’ favorites include the movie “Gladiator”, the computer game “League of Legends” and physics teacher Patrick Kaplo.
Coach Marilyn Fitzgerald said, “She had been a sprint freestyler for three years and we needed her in backstroke for Sectionals and States. She worked relentlessly the last three weeks of the season and came in fifth at States.”
The junior, a year-round swimmer, is a member of the National Honor Society. Her sister Casey, a freshman, will be running track for the Golden Warriors.
Morgan is a personal care assistant and also works as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Salem Boys and Girls club. She hopes to pursue a career in athletic training or physical therapy.
Starkweather’s favorites include skiing at Okimo, Spanish teacher Ellen Gaudiano, Taylor Swift and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
Windham Cross Country
Coach Chris White said, “He’s just a well-rounded kid who does whatever is asked of him. His leadership has been invaluable to the program and his hard-working attitude is contagious amongst his teammates.”
The senior tri-captain moved from England to Windham as a sophomore. He’s ranked eighth in a class of 170 and scored a perfect 800 on his Math SAT. Needless to say, he’s a star on the school’s math team. He’s applying to powerhouse schools like MIT, Princeton, RPI and WPI.
Alexander also swims and may run spring track. Fitzgerald calls his career highlight running a 19:22 last year at the 3.1-mile Pelham Invitational. His freshman brother, Jack, also does cross country and swimming.
Fitzgerald’s favorites include the TV show “Survivor” and the musical group Muse.
Methuen Cross Country
The first-year cross country runner had her season end prematurely due to shin splints but she still showed up to every practice.
“Kristen worked hard and raced tough early in the year, but also was a great teammate to the rest of the girls, even when she was hurt,” said coach Bill James.
The junior also runs indoor and outdoor track. Killkelley has played piano for eight years and is a member of the Key Club.
Her father, Mark, has run several marathons while her sister Jennifer, an eighth grader at the Timony School, is a talented gymnast.
Her mother, Karen, is a nurse and Kristen hopes to become a pediatric nurse. Her favorites include ex-Methuen running great Mike O’Donnell and anatomy teacher Alan Delano.