By Jim Sullivan
---- — Recent Triton graduate Dmitri Hunt will be starting his college education at Northeastern University in style as the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from Wheelabrator Technologies.
“My father would’ve probably liked someone like Dmitri,” said Cornelius Madigan, whose late father, Dan, is the namesake of the scholarship. “He always liked a working school like Northeastern where you are working a co-op and getting your hands dirty as well as getting a great education. We were all pretty proud of him; we think he’s going to do a very good job.”
Hunt, who co-captained the cross country and baseball teams during the past school year, will be studying electrical engineering at Northeastern and impressed the selection committee when he met with them.
“I thought he was a terrific kid,” Madigan said of Hunt. “He really has his act together. He is really well-deserving of the award. A $5,000 scholarship is a good way to start your academic career.”
The Wheelabrator scholarship is unique in that it benefits a student of two different high schools. Dan Madigan went to Northridge High School, and a $5,000 check is awarded to a student there. The same is also given to a graduate of Triton where Madigan’s seven children went to school. Each recipient must finish in the top 10 percentile of his or her class and show an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.
“I was kind of surprised when I got it,” Hunt said. “But I was really excited. I looked at some of the past winners (including baseball star Tim Cashman and track star Cam Loughlin), and that’s a hard group to be a part of. I appreciate the recognition.”
Hunt was indeed in the top 10 percentile of the Class of 2013 and has an interest in engineering, but his athletic experience didn’t hurt his chances either.
“My father was a huge fan of Triton sports,” said Madigan. “Between my sibling and me, we all played three sports.”
A centerfielder for the Vikings and the Rowley Rams, Hunt said his time on the field translated into a better work ethic.
“(Playing) sports have helped me in my academic career because I didn’t really have much time to mess around,” said Hunt. “I was getting home at 7 o’clock most of the time, and I was always on, I was always focused. In baseball, you’ve got to be focused all the time; you don’t want to be caught off guard. It’s like you’re under the microscope when you play a sport and it’s almost like you feel that people are watching you when you do other stuff.”
People have also gotten to watch Hunt on stage as a musician while he played the Grog weekly over the summer. He is now looking forward to his next adventure in a much larger town.
“I chose Northeastern because I like the idea of a university as opposed to a technical school,” said Hunt. “I like the location too. I have a lot of friends in Boston, and I can see the Red Sox games if I want. I can also take the train back if I need to.”
Adventures in the city and seeing the Red Sox play are one thing, Hunt also knows he has to get down to work when he arrives at school.
“I was always good at math,” said Hunt. “You can make a lot of money being an engineer. I chose electrical (engineering) because I like all the cool things you can make. Problem-solving has always been an interesting thing.”
Having an analytical mind can also help on the baseball diamond.
“Before a play, I always think of what I’m going to do, if the ball is hit to the left of me or the right of me,” said Hunt. “Where is everyone going to go? Where do I have to be?”