2021 Salem News Student-Athlete Award nominee: Morgan Bovardi, Masconomet

It’s tough to pinpoint one quality that makes Morgan Bovardi so special. Not because she doesn’t have many; quite the opposite.

This year’s Student Athlete of the Year nominee from Masconomet, Bovardi shines as an irreplaceable leader for the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. She overcame a serious knee injury (torn ACL) as a junior to return to the hardwood for her senior campaign and take home Salem News Player of the Year honors in the process.

That alone is something most student-athletes could only dream of doing, but Bovardi wasn’t shook by the unfortunate circumstances and worked tirelessly to return to form.

“What sets Morgan apart from the other outstanding high school athletes that come to mind is her tenacity and ability to be relentless,” said Masconomet athletic director John Daileanes. “She has that special quality that is so fun to watch because you know you’re witnessing something that is unique and next level for a high school athlete.”

Among her other athletic accomplishments, Bovardi hit a whopping 11 three-pointers and surpassed 40 points in a single basketball game. On the soccer pitch, she returned from her ACL tear to lead the Chieftains to a near-perfect season in their first year as a member of the Northeastern Conference, taking home all-star honors along the way. She served as a captain for both squads, doing so with pride and integrity.