Holy Redeemer Awards Night cel­e­brates the stu­dent achieve­ment

The McLeod River Post - - The Review -

On Satur­day Oc­to­ber 3, the gym­na­sium at Holy Redeemer was trans­formed and the red car­pet was rolled out for HRH’s An­nual Awards Night. The evening cel­e­brates stu­dent ex­cel­lence dur­ing the last school year in aca­demics, ath­let­ics, cit­i­zen­ship and fine arts.

“Tonight we celebrate stu­dent suc­cess and ev­ery­one who made this pos­si­ble,” said As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Paul Tobin dur­ing his open­ing re­marks as one of the Mas­ters of Cer­e­monies for the evening’s event. “From the teach­ers, to the par­ents, to the com­mu­nity as whole, ev­ery­one has helped these stu­dents find suc­cess.”

As per usual, the evening was di­vided into three cat­e­gories. The first was ath­let­ics where stu­dents are awarded tro­phies for their ef­fort and at­ti­tude on the var­i­ous sports teams. This year, a few stu­dents walked away with more than one tro­phy. Josie Sorensen won the awards for Most Valu­able Player in Ju­nior A Bas­ket­ball, Ju­nior Cross Coun­try, and the Ju­nior High Heart & Hus­tle. “It was re­ally an hon­our,” says an ex­cited Sorensen. “I just en­joy go­ing out and play­ing these sports. To be rec­og­nized as ‘most valu­able’ re­ally makes me feel ap­pre­ci­ated by the coaches.” Other mul­ti­ple award win­ners in­cluded Kn Buhat (MVP Se­nior Bad­minton, Ath­lete of the Year), Ja­cob Chase (MVP Ju­nior Bad­minton, Heart & Hus­tle), Parker Goulet-Beard (Football True Grit, MVP Bas­ket­ball, Heart & Hus­tle), To­mas Mark (MVP Cross Coun­try, MVP Track & Field), Alex Mel­nyk (MVP Ju­nior Bad­minton, Ath­lete of the Year), Shawn Rogers (MVP Ju­nior Bad­minton, Ath­lete of the Year), and Anna Stang (MVP Ju­nior Bad­minton, MVP Track & Field, Ath­lete of the Year).

The sec­ond cat­e­gory is al­ways the Fine Arts Awards. Here stu­dents in the art and drama pro­grams are rec­og­nized for their work dur­ing the year. Re­ceiv­ing the Ju­nior Drama Awards were Jil­lian Aust­man and Quinn Larder. “This is just the coolest thing,” says Larder, who is re­mem­bered for his iconic por­trayal of The Grinch in last year’s main stage pro­duc­tion. “This just makes me love drama even more than I al­ready do.” The se­nior drama awards went to Ta­mara Everett and Daniel Hand­ford. Art Teacher Sandy Fe­do­rak pre­sented two stu­dents with the Vis­ual Art Award: Ta­mara Everett and Sam Hock­ett. “Both of these stu­dents re­ally con­trib­uted to the heart of our pro­gram,” says Fe­do­rak. “I’m so con­tin­u­ally im­pressed with their growth and vi­sion. I know these tal­ents will serve them well in the fu­ture.”

The fi­nal cat­e­gory, and per­haps the most pres­ti­gious, was the awards and schol­ar­ships based on aca­demic achieve­ment. The stu­dents re­ceiv­ing the high­est aca­demic hon­our in grades 7 to 11 each re­ceived a tro­phy and a cheque for their achieve­ments. The re­cip­i­ents were: grade 7 – Damon By­ers and Lan­don Schultz; grade 8 – Rafael Pa­sion and Made­line Stan­ley; grade 9 – Spencer Smith, Shawn Rogers and Ash­lynn Martin; grade 10 – April Stan­ley and Allyson Deleeuw; and Grade 11 – Juliea Pierog and Ta­mara Everett.

In grade 12, stu­dents can re­ceive a num­ber of mon­e­tary schol­ar­ships to as­sist them with post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. Grad­u­ate Ben Bit­tner re­ceived a num­ber of big schol­ar­ships for his work dur­ing the 2014-2015 school year. These awards in­cluded the Shell Canada Award, English 30-1 Schol­ar­ship, Math 30-1 Schol­ar­ship, Physics 30 Schol­ar­ship, Chem­istry 30 Schol­ar­ship, and the Grade 12 Aca­demic Hon­ours Schol­ar­ship. Bit­tner, who also re­ceived the cov­eted Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award, is cur­rently study­ing en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Al­berta. “I’m ac­tu­ally head­ing back to Ed­mon­ton tonight,” says Bit­tner. I have midterms start­ing this week and I have to get study­ing.” Need­less to say, he is mak­ing ex­cel­lent use of all the mon­e­tary schol­ar­ships.

One fi­nal award that is worth men­tion­ing is the Aaron Mackay Con­ge­nial­ity Award, named af­ter a young and well-loved high stu­dent who passed away over the sum­mer. Although he had only at­tended HRH for one year, he quickly be­came a favourite with class­mates and teach­ers alike. This year would have been Mackay’s grad­u­at­ing year, and peo­ple are cer­tain that his en­gag­ing smile and out­go­ing per­son­al­ity would have made him a strong can­di­date for the Con­ge­nial­ity Award. Mackay’s mother, Ni­cole Rum­ball pre­sented the award to Quinn Camp­bell and Lane Stone.

As al­ways, Holy Redeemer thanks all the busi­nesses who spon­sored the var­i­ous awards.

For a com­plete list of award re­cip­i­ents, go to holyre­deemer­high.ca.

Sub­mit­ted

Holy Redeemer Prin­ci­pal Bill McGowan presents 2015 grad­u­ate Ben Bit­tner with the cov­eted Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award, which is awarded to the stu­dent with the high­est aca­demic av­er­age in grade 12. Bit­tner is now study­ing en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Al­berta.

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