The Moynihan Lumber North Shore Student-Athlete Award, an idea conceived by Gerard Moynihan to recognize students for academic and academic achievement, returns for its 31st year.
Launched in the fall of 1991, the program will again honor a male and female winner each month throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Among the group of monthly winners, Moynihan Lumber North Shore’s male and female student-athlete of the year will be chosen next spring and honored with a scholarship at a luncheon in June.
“We are proud that this program has spanned three decades and that we have been able to honor hundreds of deserving student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field,” said Moynihan.
Moynihan Lumber has been a supporter of high school sports on the North Shore for 36 years, from sponsoring football shows and the popular Saturday scoreboard show on the old WESX radio.
A former sports journalist, Moynihan has always enjoyed the media coverage of school sports by several daily newspapers as well as WESX. He couldn’t help but wonder, however, about the players who were also stars in the class.
Moynihan reached out to a few members of the local media and asked if they would be willing to help him create a vehicle to honor student-athletes, which resulted in the Moynihan Lumber North Shore Student-Athlete of the Month program.
Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to nominate student-athletes each month. A winning man and woman are selected by a group of local media members representing The Salem News, Gloucester Times, Newburyport Daily News, (Lynn) Daily Item, and msonewssports.com. Monthly winners are eligible for the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year award.
The caliber of annual winners is the best example of the merit of the Moynihan program. The list includes: Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt (Peabody, 1992), former MassGolf Communications Director Becky Blaeser (Masconomet, 1994), Major League Baseball Senior Vice President of Minor League Operations Peter Woodfork ( Swampscott, 1995), New York Marathon champion and three Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead, 1999 and 2000), former major leaguer Matt Antonelli (St. John’s Prep, 2003), Chicago Blackhawks forward Colin Blackwell (St. John’s Prep, 2011) and Providence College cross country All-America Catarina Rocha (Peabody, 2012 and 2013).
“We are extremely proud of the achievements of our award winners,” said Moynihan. “This is a wonderful group of young men and women who exemplify what a true student-athlete is.”
Moynihan Lumber North Shore’s 2021-22 student-athletes of the year were Arianna Bezanson of Danvers High and national wrestling star Tyler Knox of St. John’s Prep. Bezanson plays football at Colgate University, while Knox is a senior at Prep.