The John Martillotta Story
Brady Lawrence, Team A Staff Writer
May 29, 2012
Filed under Senior Spotlights
Senior John Martillotta was born October 6, 1993. His parents are Sam and Paula Martillotta. His siblings are Ali, Sammy, and his twin Audrey Martillotta. Audrey and John have always been very close and by each others’ side every step of the way. “It’s such a privilege to have John as my brother. I couldn’t ask for a better twin or best friend. Everyone loves John and looks up to him in some way,” said Audrey. “The biggest thing that stands out to me about John is his commitment and dedication for everything he does in life, especially with baseball and school work,” she continued. “Also, he is always there for anyone if they need a friend or just someone to talk to.”
John is a student-athlete and excels in everything he does. He has a 4.0 and is one of Chardon High School’s valedictorians. John is always spending long hours studying with his friends. Even though he takes forever on tests, John’s scores are incredible. “He keeps the mood right where it needs to be while still being able to keep people on task. He’s not only a leader on the baseball field, but a leader in the classroom too,” said senior Jeff Seufer.
John played basketball his freshmen year on JV and his sophomore year on Varsity. John and played on the golf team his junior and senior year.
John’s favorite sport and best sport is baseball. He has played all four years (three on varsity) and has been performing at a high level. John has had a share of injuries, but when he is healthy, opposing teams should watch out. John is a pitcher and a shortstop for the varsity team and John also has an incredible bat that’s always a threat in the heart of the Toppers order. Every time he takes the mound, the fans will see an outstanding game from him.
John is a natural born leader, especially on the field. “He always makes sure everyone is ready each and every pitch. He makes sure we are accountable and that we never take a play off. We feed off his intensity and drive. He makes everyone around him better,” said senior Matt Leskovec. He is a leader on this year’s over-20-win baseball team. John always comes to the game full of energy, which picks up the rest of the team. Senior Jake Kirsh said, “He is an amazing baseball player. He has confidence in himself and the team. He always brings a positive attitude and no matter what, he puts the team first.” Kirsh continued bys saying “John is willing to do anything to help the team and is extremely passionate about the game. He works so hard at it, always thinking of ways to improve and never ever gives in. The kid just won’t quit.”
John is a great individual and has his head on straight. He has so many great qualities and he never loses faith. Senior Holden Pahr said, “I think the biggest thing is his strong faith. It’s obvious that his faith is his main guide in his life. He is a very humble person and has stayed grounded even with the success and achievements that he has had so far. And he has stayed with his roots. I think John is pretty darn close to the exact same kid that I knew growing up in elementary school. As a person and as a friend I have the utmost respect for John.” John is respected by all teachers, family, and his friends.
“He’s helped me out with like everything. Anytime I have a question, I’ll ask him. I don’t have anything specific, but in general he has helped me think things through, and helped me with anything I’ve needed. He’s an awesome person and a model friend,” said senior Matt Goergen. John is loved by all of his friends. You can go up to anyone in the school and they will know who John Martillotta is. “He is always saying something weird that makes me scratch my head. He can cheer anyone up with his humor. He’s one funny kid!” said senior Mike Ellman.
John is going to theUniversityofToledonext year to study mechanical engineering and to play baseball. John will be pitching for Toledo, a D1 collegiate team. John Martillotta is a great role model, a great leader, a trusting friend, a scholar, an athlete, and all around an amazing person.