Congratulations to winner Dylan Mann of Masconomet. Mann was named the 51st winner of the Salem News Student-Athlete Award at the annual banquet at Finz in Salem on April 4. See story and photos
Guest speaker was Peter Frates of Beverly, a former St. John's Prep and Boston College baseball captain who is now battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). Frates told student-athletes to be passionate, genuine and hard working. See story and photos
The $1,000 scholarship given to the yearly winner of The Salem News Student-Athlete Award has been renamed the Nelson Benton Scholarship. Benton was a longtime writer, editor and editorial page editor of the Salem News. For many years, he spearheaded our Student-Athlete Award planning, coverage and presentation. He retired in 2012.