Bor­der Jets Do It Again - Tops In All of Que­bec!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Victoria Vanier

We're Num­ber One! The Bor­der Pee-Wee B Jets, who did the bor­der and Estrie re­gion proud by win­ning the Que­bec In­ter-Re­gional cham­pi­onship on the week­end, are (front row) goalies Dy­lan Knight and Bryce Champ­ney, (kneel­ing) Ju­lia Ballinger, Patrick Lavallee, Adam Houle and (stand­ing) Daw­son Coates, Lu­cas Steven­son, Adam Sykes, Mathis Robert, Daniel Lanoue, Ri­ley Larocque, Lo­gan Be­asse, Noah Shel­don and Korey Goudreau. Head coach Travis "Tug" Shel­don (mid­dle) and as­sis­tants Brent Lavallee and Marc Lanoue guided the cham­pi­onship team.

The Bor­der Jets Pee-Wee B hockey team capped a mem­o­rable sea­son on Sun­day in Trois-Riv­ieres, claim­ing num­ber-one-in-all-of-Que­bec brag­ging rights by cap­tur­ing the Que­bec In­ter-Re­gional cham­pi­onship, de­feat­ing the Lau­ren­tides-Lanaudiere re­gion's rep­re­sen-

The Bishop's Univer­sity Model UN team was named an ‘Out­stand­ing Del­e­ga­tion' at the 2016 Na­tional Model United Na­tions (NMUN) Con­fer­ence, the high­est hon­our given by the an­nual con­fer­ence held in New York City. More than over 4,000 stu­dents from schools all over the world par­tic­i­pated.

In ad­di­tion, two Bishop’s stu­dents, Han­nah McLean and Emma Fin­gler, re­ceived the "Out­stand­ing Del­e­gates” award for their work.

These honors come on the heels of the Que­bec Model United Na­tions (QMUN) con­fer­ence, which was held at Bishop’s in early Fe­bru­ary.

Year af­ter year, Bishop’s stands out at NMUN. Since the first club team in 1997, stu­dent del­e­ga­tions have been rec­og­nized for ex­cel­lence, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple awards for out­stand­ing po­si­tion papers, dis­tinc­tion for work in in­di­vid­ual com­mit­tees, over­all Hon­or­able Men­tions, as well as Dis­tin­guished Del­e­ga­tion Awards.

The NMUN is a com­pre­hen­sive and in­tense sim­u­la­tion of United Na­tions ses­sions. It al­lows stu­dents to take lead­er­ship po­si­tions, re­solve con­flicts and par­tic­i­pate in ne­go­ti­a­tions. Each par­tic­i­pat­ing school forms del­e­ga­tions as­signed to a coun­try, and del­e­ga­tions are hon­ored for prop­erly rep­re­sent­ing their des­ig­nated coun­try, par­tic­i­pat­ing ef­fec­tively in com­mit­tees and proper use of rules and pro­ce­dure.

“I’m very proud our en­tire del­e­ga­tion, which per­formed bril­liantly and con­tin­ued our long tra­di­tion of suc­cess at NMUN,’’ said Dr. Sarah-Myr­iam Martin-Brûlé, a pro­fes­sor in the De­part­ment of Politics and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, who di­rected the stu­dents this year. “Over the years, our ‘United Na­tions Practicum’ course has con­sis­tently pre­pared our stu­dents for this event. The course has been very ef­fec­tive in de­vel­op­ing their re­search, an­a­lyt­i­cal, writ­ing, and de­bat­ing skills in a prac­ti­cal set­ting.’’

The Model UN pro­gram is funded by stu­dent fees and fundrais­ing. tatives 3-2 in the cham­pi­onship game. An ex­cit­ing back and forth battle saw the two teams in a 2-2 dead­lock af­ter two pe­ri­ods, with Daw­son Coates, (while the Jets were killing a penalty!), fir­ing home a feed from line­mate Lu­cas Steven­son with some six min­utes to go for the win­ning mar­gin. Af­ter see­ing the op­po­si­tion open the scor­ing, Steven­son and Adam Houle gave the Jets the lead, be­fore the "Am­bas­sadeurs" knot­ted the score, set­ting up the third pe­riod thriller. The Estrie champs had ad­vanced to the fi­nal by de­feat­ing the host Mauricie re­gion's team 5-2 ear­lier in the day, the same club that had beaten the Jets 5-4 in over­time when the cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment got un­der­way Thurs­day morn­ing. Fri­day morn­ing saw the Jets bounce back with a 2-0 vic­tory over the Riche­lieu re­gion champions and was fol­lowed Satur­day morn­ing by a 5-0 quar­ter-fi­nal tri­umph over the Mon­treal area reps. Steven­son to­talled nine goals in the five games, while Coates scored in four of the con­tests, with Daniel Lanoue (3) and Adam Sykes (2) also con­tribut­ing goals. Of par­tic­u­lar note/ merit is the fact that the lo­cal young­sters, due to 9, 9:30 and 10 am start times, boarded buses at the Pat Burns Arena in Stanstead at five o'clock most morn­ings, with fam­ily/fans along to en­cour­age. The cham­pi­onship team is greatly ap­pre­cia­tive of lo­cal busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who helped with spon­sor­ing the transportation and chance-of-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence. In the words of team man­ager Joleen Smith, "the team would like to give a spe­cial shout out to" Grand Quartz, the Stanstead Le­gion, Rock of Ages, Derusha Sup­ply, Granit De­sign, C.O.M. Granit, C. Rouleau Granit, Pizze­ria Steve, Marché Tra­di­tions Guy Pa­try, Ogden Ma­chine, L.P. Garage, Global Ex­cel, Lionel Roarke and the Stanstead Fire De­part­ment. With two tour­na­ment ti­tles fol­lowed up by league, re­gional and in­ter-re­gional cham­pi­onships, the 2015-16 Bor­der pee-wee Jets' sea­son will not be soon for­got­ten.

Photo cour­tesy

The full team con­sisted of: Abi­gail Vandzura, Heather Barlow, Melissa Ru­san­ganwa, Natalie Hickey, Feli­cia Ben­bow, Es­ther Peev, Alyssa Duch­es­neau-Custeau, Han­nah McLean, Os­car Veron, Jen­nifer Rooney, Te­gan Bel­rose, Alexan­der Van Beers, Edgardo Ale­gria, Ni­cholas Blanchette, Reilly Canie, Macken­zie Vez­ina, Mar­ion Clech, and Emma Fin­gler. The two head del­e­gates were Rin­sola Oya­woye and Michael Chuang.

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