Hur­ri­canes earn hon­ours

Emma Hughes and Mar­cus La­pointe se­lected top male and fe­male scholar-ath­letes at na­tional level

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Emma Hughes of Sum­mer­side and Mar­cus La­pointe of Wolfville, N.S., have re­ceived a pres­ti­gious hon­our from Hol­land Col­lege athletics.

Each year, Hur­ri­canes athletics rec­og­nizes the top male and fe­male Cana­dian col­le­giate scholar-ath­letes with awards of dis­tinc­tion.

Hughes was the At­lantic Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion rookie and player of the year for the Hur­ri­canes bad­minton team.

La­pointe played libero for the ACAA cham­pion men’s vol­ley­ball Hur­ri­canes.

Both Hughes and La­pointe were also named the 2017 Hol­land Hur­ri­canes rook­ies of the year.

The re­cip­i­ent of the Hur­ri­canes aca­demic team of the year award is men’s foot­ball. The Hur­ri­canes had the high­est num­ber of scholar-ath­letes on their ros­ter with 17 stu­dents, more than any other Hur­ri­canes team dur­ing the 2016-17 aca­demic year.

Hol­land Col­lege aims to rec­og­nize all of the Hur­ri­canes stu­dent-ath­letes who ex­celled aca­dem­i­cally while also com­pet­ing in the sports of base­ball, soc­cer, vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball, bad­minton, foot­ball, hockey, soft­ball, golf, cross-coun­try run­ning, dance and cheer dur­ing the 2016-17 aca­demic year.

A to­tal of 116 Hur­ri­canes made the grade, com­bin­ing aca­demic and ath­letic achieve­ment at the var­sity or club level in their cho­sen sport.

Fifty-six stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in CCAA sports were re­cently nom­i­nated for the CCAA na­tional schol­arath­lete award.

The re­main­ing 60 stu­dent-ath­letes who par­tic­i­pated in foot­ball, hockey, soft­ball, dance and cheer­lead­ing were rec­og­nized with Hur­ri­canes scholar awards.

Th­ese awards are pre­sented to stu­dent-ath­letes who have achieved an hon­ours stand­ing, which is an aca­demic av­er­age of at least 80 per cent over their full year of stud­ies at Hol­land Col­lege in the 2016-17 aca­demic year.

With th­ese out­stand­ing num­bers, Hol­land Col­lege was re­cently pre­sented the CCAA’s an­nual award for the mem­ber in­sti­tu­tion with the high­est num­ber of aca­demic all-Cana­di­ans dur­ing the 2016-17 aca­demic year.

This is the third straight year Hol­land Col­lege has been awarded this na­tional aca­demic recog­ni­tion.

Athletics and recre­ation di­rec­tor Al­bert Roche is happy with the num­ber of scholar-ath­letes in­volved with the Hol­land Hur­ri­canes.

“We strive to at­tract stu­dent-ath­letes who can per­form well aca­dem­i­cally be­cause we know how chal­leng­ing life can be when at­tempt­ing to bal­ance stud­ies with the rig­ors of var­sity sport,’’ Roche said. “This group of stu­dents is a great source of pride for the Hur­ri­canes and Hol­land Col­lege and we con­grat­u­late all our re­cip­i­ents on at­tain­ing this level of aca­demic ex­cel­lence.’’

SUB­MIT­TED

Emma Hughes and Mar­cus La­pointe haven’t just been ex­celling in athletics. They’ve been far­ing out pretty well in the class­room as well.

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