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This Week's Whiz Kid: Matthew Malley

Congratulations to Matthew and his family!

Nominator’s Name: Anonymous

Whiz Kid’s Name: Matthew Malley

Whiz Kid’s age: 9 (Matthew’s birthday is October 1st)

Whiz Kid’s School: F.A. Cleveland Elementary School

Whiz Kids Accomplishments: Matthew is a happy nine-year-old boy who recently entered the fourth grade at the Cleveland Elementary school. 

Acorrding to his mother Lucy, Matthew is a wonderful and caring older brother to his sisters Katie, 3, and Allison, 1.

When Matthew isn’t playing sports, he is either watching something sports-related on TV or reading about sports. He has been involved with Norwood Youth Soccer since he was four-year-old. He has played floor hockey on the Lightning since he was in kindergarten. This fall, Matthew decided he wanted try football and is currently playing flag football for the Ravens for Westwood Flag Football. 

While Matthew loves playing all sports, his true passion is baseball.  This past spring Matthew played for Pittsfield. Lucy said, "He had a great time playing all of the positions and he even pitched a few games." Matthew also plays baseball for RBI Baseball Academy.

Matthew likes school and is an avid reader, now reading books by Mike Lupica and Tim Greene. Matthew recently decided he wanted to learn to play the trumpet and will begin lessons at school next week. As with everything Matthew undertakes, he looking forward to learning another new skill and playing in the Cleveland spring concert.

Whiz Kids Key to Awesomeness (what makes him successful): When asked why her son is a Whiz Kid, Lucy said it is very simple: "Matthew has had some challenges in his life, but he always has a positive attitude and works hard to get better at everything he does.   This is why Matthew is such a Whiz Kid!"

In athletics, his RBI Academy coach Joe Breen said, "Matthew Malley embodies what all youth athletes should strive to be. He is passionate, coachable, respectful, and is second to none when it comes to trivia! Matthew plays the game of baseball because he loves it and that attitude carries over to all of his teammates and coaches!"

Matthew's third grade teacher, Mrs. Janet Palladino said, "When I think about Matthew Malley, I remember a very smart, athletic and determined boy. Matthew believes in himself and knows he can 
accomplish anything he puts his mind to."

Kiersten Barry September 21, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Congratulations Matthew! You are an amazing boy and very well deserving of being Whiz Kid!
Sarah September 21, 2011 at 06:16 PM
This makes me happy! Matthew is a great kid and great friend to all!
Matt September 21, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Give me 9 matt malley's and we will win every game. a kid who listen learns and respects the game and his teammates. Great young man and great family.
Liz September 21, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Matthew is awesome! Congratulations!
Joey Barry September 21, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Way to go Matthew!
Colleen Reynolds September 21, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Congratulations!!!!
Nancy September 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM
What a perfect kid to be the Whiz Kid! So proud of you Matthew! Love you!
Amy September 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Congratulations Matthew! You are so deserving of Whiz Kid! You are a great kid and great friend!
Robyn September 22, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Congratulations Matthew! We always knew how special you were.
Paul September 22, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Way to go Matthew. You rock. Very happy and excited for you. Keep up the good work

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