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September 27, 2013

Saluting our Area's Unsung Heroes

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

Coaches or ADs should send nominations to Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

Megan Bruneau

Methuen Field Hockey

Top 1 percent

Ranger coach Karen McLaughlin said of Bruneau: “She’s a junior leader who plays every minute of every game.”

There is no rest for the weary when she gets home. Bruneau cracks the books. She’s ranked No. 4 in a class of 420.

She also runs winter track, plays lacrosse, serves on student council and is a peer leader and member of SADD. She still finds time to work the rides at Canobie Lake with the Corkscrew and Canobie 500 her specialties.

Also a talented cook with an artistic flair, her friends rave about her birthday cake in the shape of a cat. Bruneau, who answers to Nutmet or Megnog, plans to study architecture or engineering.

Her favorite teacher is Miss (Esperanza) Lalinde for AP chemistry.

Hannah Getsim

Whittier Volleyball

Getsim Gets It

The 5-6 outside hitter from Haverhill never thought she could make varsity. But her hard work has paid off as she’s a returning starter and a co-captain.

She’s also an award-winning debater. There’s no debate that she’s one of coach Deb Littlefield’s favorites.

“She leads by example, always putting the team first,” said Littlefield. “Her attitude and effort are always beyond reproach.”

Getsim is proud of her Greek heritage. She visited Greece in 2006 and the health occupations major says her father’s souvlaki is to die for. Her favorites include 1980s music (Michael Jackson, Def Leppard, KC and the Sunshine Band) and math teacher Miss (Maggie) McDonald.

Hannah, who is a CNA at Penacook Place nursing home, hopes to study to become a dental hygienist at Endicott College or Middlesex Community College.

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