Sen­tinel wins lead­er­ship award

David Riggs one of two dozen re­cip­i­ents of in­au­gu­ral schol­ar­ship

The Compass - - SPORTS -

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate stu­dent David Riggs has been named one of 24 re­cip­i­ents in this prov­ince of the in­au­gu­ral youth lead­er­ship schol­ar­ship.

The $750 schol­ar­ship is spon­sored by the Of­fice of Youth En­gage­ment with the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment, and is ad­min­is­tered by School Sports New­found­land and Labrador (SSNL).

A male and fe­male re­cip­i­ent has been cho­sen in all 12 SSNL re­gions through­out the prov­ince.

Riggs, a res­i­dent of Car­bon­ear, is the male win­ner in the Avalon re­gion, while Ni­cole Hol­lo­han of Har­bour Main, a stu­dent at Ron­calli Cen­tral High, is the fe­male re­cip­i­ent.

Well-rounded stu­dent

The pro­gram seeks to rec­og­nize grad­u­at­ing high school stu­dents for their vol­un­teerism in the ar­eas of healthy life­style, re­cre­ation, health and well­ness, and pro­mot­ing healthy liv­ing in their school and/or com­mu­nity.

Re­cip­i­ents are cho­sen through an ap­pli­ca­tion process.

The Avalon rep­re­sen­ta­tive for SSNL, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate teacher Ed Jarvis, de­scribed Riggs as a well-rounded stu­dent who is in­volved in a va­ri­ety of var­sity ath­letic teams. They in­clude soft­ball, bas­ket­ball, hockey, vol­ley­ball, cross-coun­try and ball hockey.

Riggs has amassed some 185 hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice help­ing out with var­i­ous tour­na­ments at the school, and vol­un­teer­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions and events such as CeeBees mi­nor hockey, the Bac­calieu Trail Games and the Car­bon­ear Triathlon.

“I have al­ways rec­og­nized the count­less hours that vol­un­teers gave to de­velop the abil­i­ties of youth around our prov­ince, and I de­cided that I too, would give back in what­ever way I could,” Riggs stated in a news re­lease. Riggs is the son of Boyd and Ch­eryl Riggs. Hol­lo­han, mean­while, has ac­cu­mu­lated some 230 hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice dur­ing her three years at Ron­calli.

Both re­cip­i­ents have plans to at­tend Me­mo­rial Univer­sity.

Tr­isha Keough-Boyer, the pro­gram di­rec­tor at SSNL, said the part­ner­ship with the Of­fice of Youth En­gage­ment has en­abled the SSNL to rec­og­nize stu­dents for their vol­un­teerism.

“ Judg­ing from the ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived, our prov­ince’s fu­ture is in good hands be­cause the youth are en­gaged in their com­mu­ni­ties and they seek to make a dif­fer­ence,” she said.

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate stu­dent David Riggs (left) is one of 24 youth lead­er­ship schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents in the prov­ince. He is shown here with Ed Jarvis, who is the Avalon rep­re­sen­ta­tive for School Sports New­found­land and Labrador.

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