Shrewsbury's Silverio Overcomes Bullying, Becomes Leader

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Shrewsbury High School senior Nicholas Silverio is being honored by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services for his contributions to the community. Photo Credit: Joyce Maranto of Maranto Studios
Nicholas Silverio during the Shrewsbury High School production of "Romeo And Juliet." Silverio is active in theater. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck (file)

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — First of a four-part look at four students from Shrewsbury schools who are being honored by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Service's Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Awards.

Nicholas Silverio, a senior at Shrewsbury High School, is a dancer, singer and choreographer. He also served as a student leader, camp counselor and an active community volunteer. But the road to success hasn't always been smooth or easy.

"Because Nicholas always marched to a different drummer, he has had to deal with some bullying in the community," said his mother, Jennifer. "From an early age, he was labeled and sometimes harassed by other children who thought it would be fun to bring him down. But Nicholas never let that happen. Instead it made him a stronger person and gave him an understanding of how it feels to be the underdog. As a result, Nick has always supported the other underdogs in our community. For this, I will be forever proud of him.”

Silverio has helped Oak and Sherwood middle schools with their theatrical and musical productions. He volunteers in numerous events in town, and served as president of the National Honor Society.

Last year, Silverio completed training at the Hospice at Notre Dame in Worcester, where he helps both geriatric and pediatric patients who are very ill or near the end of life. In addition, he coordinated a program for NHS students to volunteer in many capacities for the hospice.

Silverio's goal is to study business and dance in college, and then attend graduate school.

Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services has honored four Grade 12 students from Shrewsbury schools with 2013 Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury awards. The awards are given to Shrewsbury youth for their community service, leadership and accomplishments. The awards will be presented at SYFS's annual gala and awards dinner from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. John's High School.

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