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Phelps Scholar-Athletes

Extended bios for this year's winners

June 21, 2009
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Darren Hartwell

North Reading High School/Williams

Hartwell was an all-league performer in football, basketball, and baseball this year, and won team MVP honors on the gridiron. He was recognized as an Honor Scholar by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and ranked ninth in his class.

Recently, Hartwell helped lead his baseball team to a 15-5 record and a share of the Cape Ann League Division 2 championship. As the starting center fielder, he batted .333 with 23 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.

As a wide receiver for the football team and a forward on the basketball team, Hartwell served as a captain and displayed leadership for his teammates throughout each season.

Hartwell will be participating in both the Agganis All-Star Football Classic on July 15 and the Agganis All-Star Baseball Classic on July 12.

He was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the National Honor Society at North Reading High. As a participant with the Interact Club, a community service club associated with Rotary International, he participated in a variety of community service activities, such as raking leafs and holding events nights for children with special needs.

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Emily Lanois

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School/Columbia

During her track career, Lanois has been named an All-Scholastic four times in cross-country, a 2009 All-American in indoor track, and shattered the record for the mile at the Division 4 state meet. She scored a perfect 800 on the writing portion of her SAT.

In cross-country, Lanois is a four-time EMass Div. 4 champion and twice finished in the top 10 at the Div. 2 All-State meet. She also helped lead her team to a 2008 state championship. Lanois was named team MVP three times, and also served as captain.

During the winter, she twice finished in the top 10 at the All-State meet in the mile; in the spring, she finished in the top 5 at the All-State meet two times in the mile, as well. Lanois also ran the 2-mile during the spring seasons.

Lanois was Moynihan Lumber’s 2008 Student-Athlete of the Year, is a National Honor Society member, and participates in the school newspaper at Hamilton-Wenham. She is also a member of the Interact Club, a student-led Bible Study group, and youth group.

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James Queeney

Reading Memorial High School/Colgate

Ranked first in his class with perfect 800s on both his math and chemistry SAT 2 tests; Queeney was also an All-Scholastic in football and lacrosse. He was named a high school All-American in each of the last two seasons, and was selected to the Middlesex League’s first team in football in 2008.

Queeney was last season’s Middlesex League MVP in lacrosse as an attack man. He was the Middlesex League’s MVP and a Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection. He entered the Div. 2 state tournament this season with 228 goals, 141 assists, and 369 points in his career.

Queeney caught 35 passes last season as a tight end on the football team. He also recorded 67 tackles from his linebacker spot to earn Middlesex League All-Star honors as Reading won the league title. He was a Boston Globe All-Scholastic and also was named a Scholar-Athlete for the EMass Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was awarded with a spot in this year’s Shriners’ Game for his efforts.

Queeney is an MIAA Student Ambassador, and volunteers as a math tutor, with Reading Youth Lacrosse, and at the local food pantry. He also holds a part-time job at Papa Gino’s as a cashier.

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Anne Abber

Malden High School/Boston College

A three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and softball, Abber ranked fifth in her class and was the class vice president her junior and senior years. She recorded nine shutouts in goal and was a three-time Greater Boston League All-Star in soccer. Abber was twice a GBL All-Star in basketball.

On the soccer field, she was a two-year captain and was named team MVP in each of her final three seasons. On the basketball court, she scored 644 career points in her four varsity seasons; she was team captain her senior year and team MVP her junior and senior years.

This past season, Abber helped lead Malden to a GBL championship in softball before her season ended with a broken wrist. She batted .621 from her position in right field.

Abber was editor of the school yearbook and president of the Captain’s Council this year. For three years, she participated in Students Against Destructive Decisions, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also volunteered as a youth basketball coach all four years of high school.

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Danny Guadagnoli

Framingham High School/Phillips Exeter Academy

Guadagnoli was an All-Scholastic quarterback in football, where he set school career records with 49 TD passes and over 6,000 passing yards. He scored 1,300 career points as a guard in basketball and had an ERA under 2.00 as a pitcher for the baseball team as a junior. He ranked in the top 15 percent of his class.

On the gridiron, Guadagnoli was team captain and threw for 25 TDs, 2,600 yards, and rushed for 15 TDs last season. He was named to the MA 26 Super Team, was selected to play in the Shriners’ Game and was named a Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Guadagnoli received the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award.

In basketball, he averaged 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game this season as team captain. He was a three-time All-Conference selection. In baseball, he played pitcher, shortstop, outfield, and third base and hit over .300 this year.

Guadagnoli is a member of the National Honor Society and was a district finalist in the National Poetry Slam. He was a counselor for youth basketball camps, and tutored in his school’s Academic Development Center.

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Meghan Ferreira

Mansfield High School/Harvard

Ferreira was last season’s Boston Globe Athlete of the Year for her performance in the triple jump, 100m hurdles, and 4x400 in outdoor track. She also won the 100m hurdles at this year’s All-State meet. This past winter she was the New England champion in the 55m hurdles. She ranked 24th in her class and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Ferreira was an All-Scholastic for the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Brockton Enterprise, and the Sun Chronicle for her performance in indoor and outdoor track. She was an all-state performer in the 100m hurdles, 55m hurdles, and the 4x400m relay.

She led her team to a Hockomock League championship in outdoor track this season, and holds school records in winter and spring track in the 50m hurdles, 55m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 4x400m relay, the shuttle hurdle relay, the 4x50m relay, the long jump relay, the 4x100m hurdles, the triple jump relay, and the heptathlon.

Ferreira also plays soccer, where she was a three-year varsity starter and a league all-star at midfielder and forward.

Off the field, Ferreira takes and teaches dance classes, baby-sits, works at Abercrombie and Fitch, and participates in the Challengers Program.

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Antonio Carvalho

Case High School/Harvard

Carvalho ranked first in his class and was a three-sport athlete in soccer, indoor track, and tennis. He was a conference all-star in track, where he ran the 1-mile and 2-mile races. He was captain of the soccer team his senior year and finished with 9 wins this season in tennis.

Carvalho won the Sportsmanship Award in track, and finished second in the conference in the 2-mile run. He qualified for states in the 1-mile race, and never failed to qualify for the conference finals in an event during his career.

He was given the Unsung Hero Award of the soccer team during his junior year, and recorded 8 goals and 22 assists in his three-year career. He participated in outdoor track during his freshman and sophomore years before switching to tennis, where played first doubles, second doubles, and third singles in his career.

Carvalho was President of the National Honor Society and head of the stage crew in the drama club. He participated in the drama club, the math team, the honor bowl team, the HOBY program, and the science fair.

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Olivia Amorin

Case High School/Northeastern

Amorin was a South Coast Conference All-Star in volleyball and softball and also played basketball. She ranked fourth in her class and was a member of the National Honor Society. As the team’s libero, she holds schools records in volleyball for digs per game, in a season, and for a career.

In volleyball, Amorin was named to the Massachusetts’ Coaches Association’s All-State team, and was named team MVP. She received the Coaches’ Award in basketball as a guard and team captain, and was a Herald News All-Star, received the Coaches’ Award, and was name team MVP in softball as a captain and catcher.

Amorin had a 3.95 GPA and was on the student council at Case. She was a member of the Iberian Club, the Community Service Club, and participated in the Honor Bowl. She was on the school yearbook staff and spends her spare time babysitting. She also earned high marks in all her classes while maintaining a schedule of honors and advanced placement classes.

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Matthew LaBove

St. John’s (S) High School/Dartmouth

LaBove led the Pioneers’ basketball team to a Division 1 state championship this season as a center and two-year captain. He was named to the Worcester Telegram-Gazette’s Super Team three years in a row, and was named to Max Prep’s All-State first team. He scored a 1900 on his SATs and had a 3.7 GPA.

LaBove received the Pioneer Award for his basketball team this past season, when he averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds per game. He was a three-time Central Mass Conference All-Star and this year’s Telegram-Gazette Player of the Year. He led his team to the state finals in 2008, where St. John’s fell to Central Catholic, before defeating Lynn English for this year’s crown.

Off the court, LaBove is a tutor at St. Peter’s Central School and a member of the St. John’s Film Society. He has been an altar server for nine years, and helps in various Men’s Club activities. He has served as an assistant coach at the Leominster CMYBL for two years and has a part-time job at Hit Quarters Athletic Complex.

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Sophia Mercadante

Lunenburg High School/Boston University

A three-sport athlete in soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track, Mercadante also ranked ninth in her class. She was named team MVP in all three sports, and was a District Class C champion in outdoor track. She was also a Worcester Telegram-Gazette Super Team selection in indoor track this year.

As a midfielder for the soccer team, she scored 36 goals and 19 assist during her career and received the Coaches’ Award during her junior season. This year, she won the Lunenburg Booster Club Passion Award.

In winter track, she won the Coaches’ Award during her sophomore and junior seasons and was team MVP this year. She set schools records in the 600m (1:38.2), the 1600m relay (4:13.93), and the 800m relay (1:49.35).

In spring track, Mercadante holds the school record in the 400m (60.5) and the District Class C record in the same event.

Mercadante is a National Honor Society member, is on the yearbook staff, and was a member of the student council for all four years of high school. She is a member of the National Piano Guild and the F.C. Puma U-18 D1 Maple Club Soccer team.

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Joshua Boyd

Catholic Memorial High School/Harvard

Boyd is a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling, and volleyball and ranked first in his graduating class. On the gridiron he was a two-time All-Catholic Conference selection, and he racked up more than 100 career wins in wrestling. He was the 2009 Div. 2 state champion in the 215 lb. weight class.

Boyd was an All-State finalist this year in wrestling, a three-time Catholic Conference All-Star selection, and placed fifth at the New England championships this year. In his career, he won Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, MVP, and Coaches’ Awards.

On the football field, Boyd was selected to play in this year’s Shriners’ All-Star Game.

He racked up a number of accolades in his career, including the Ronald S. Perry Scholar-Athlete Award, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award, and the Senior Leadership Award.

Boyd was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, the National Honor Society, the Latin National Honor Society, and the campus ministry program. He volunteered at the Walk for Breast Cancer, the Walk for Hunger, and the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged.

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Michelle Golden

St. Mary’s Jr./Sr. High School/Boston College

Golden was a member of three state championship hockey teams at St. Mary’s; including back-to-back undefeated Div. 1 championship teams the past two years. She also was named to back-to-back Catholic Central League all-star teams in lacrosse and was valedictorian of her graduating class.

As a center-forward, Golden helped her hockey team win 51 straight games and was named to four all-star teams in her five-year career. She was awarded the Boston Bruins’ Spartsmanship Award this season. Golden tallied 65 goals, 120 assists, and 185 points during her career. As an eighth-grader, she was a member of St. Mary’s 2005 Div. 2 state title team.

On the lacrosse field, Golden had 36 goals and 26 assists during her career, and led her team to a 15-3 regular-season record this year.

Golden was a member of the National Honor Society, the Friends of Rachel Community Service Group, and the yearbook committee. She volunteered at Union Hospital in Lynn and worked part-time at the St. Mary’s school bookstore. She also played for the Middlesex Islanders youth hockey team.

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Yaovi Jondoh

Charlestown High School/Holy Cross

Jondoh was a three-sport athlete in soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track, and had a 3.93 GPA at Charlestown High. He was the Div. 2 state champion in the 300m in indoor track this year and won the 4x100m relay at last year’s outdoor track All-State meet.

In soccer, Jondoh played midfield and was a team captain and all-league selection, and led his team to the state quarterfinals.

In indoor track, Jondoh captained his team to this season’s Div. 2 state championship with victories in the 300m and the 4x100 m relay.

With his 4x100 outdoor relay team, Jondoh was a 2008 Boston Globe All-Scholastic and won the All-State championship. The relay team also helped Charlestown win the All-State championship and the Boston City League title. He was also a team captain.

Jondoh volunteered at the Roslindale Community Center and the AIP Program at Washington Irving Middle School. He also was a referee for middle school soccer games.

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Rachel McGrath

Latin Academy/Sacred Heart

McGrath was a Boston City League All-Star in both swimming and softball and had a 3.61 GPA in the classroom. She was MVP of this season’s Boston City Softball Championships, and she qualified for states and sectionals and won a city championship in swimming.

During her softball career as a pitcher, McGrath threw two no-hitters, including one at the City Championships. Her repertoire includes a fastball, a curveball, a changeup, and a drop, and she had 11 strikeouts in this year’s City Championship game victory. She was a team captain in her senior season.

In the swimming pool, McGrath competed in the 200 IM, where her best time was 2:24:25; the 100 freestyle (58:76); and the 100 fly (1:04.50). She qualified for state and sectional competitions this season, and was a team captain in both her junior and senior seasons.

She was a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook staff, and was a peer tutor for her school. She was a member of the Environmental/Crafts Club and works part-time as a hostess at Common Market. She received the end-of-the-year Alumni Scholarship at Boston Latin Academy this year.