High School Hockey Awards and Scholarships Presented
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented several high school hockey scholarships at a media conference held Wednesday May 28th in Winnipeg. Schools were invited to nominate individuals from high school hockey teams across the province.
The Winnipeg Jets Alumni and Friends support high school hockey by presenting two $1,000.00 scholarships, one to a male and the other to a female high school hockey player. The criteria for this award includes on ice skills, as well as leadership in school and community.
Kendra Johnston of the Rivers/Elton Rage hockey team is this year’s female recipient. Kendra was a member of the boys team and also played girls hockey. She also participates in volleyball, soccer, badminton and track and field. Kendra volunteers at the elementary school breakfast club, coaches Junior Varsity Soccer, as well as serving on the student council, grad committee and volunteering for the grades 7 and 8 gym class. She was captain of her soccer and volleyball teams. Kendra participates in fundraising events for student council, while maintaining an 86% average.
Shawn Bellin of the Stonewall Rams hockey team is this year’s male recipient. Shawn was the assistant captain, and top penalty killer on his team. He was named the hardest working forward, and a team leader with an outstanding work ethic. He is a student leader and participates in several fundraisers and charity events at school, as well as being a peer tutor. He maintains a 90% academic average.
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum sponsors two awards including the Ken “Friar” Nicolson Award for a male high school hockey player and the Sami Jo Small Award for a female hockey player. Nicolson was the broadcaster for CJOB Radio for the Winnipeg Jets, and was a tremendous supporter of high school hockey. Sami Jo Small was an outstanding athlete at College Jeanne- Sauvé in track and field and was MHSAA athlete of the year in 1993, and a member of the MHSAA Hall of Fame. She went on to play for Canada’s National Ladies Hockey Team appearing in five Olympic Games, and winning three gold medals. Each winner will receive a $1000.00 scholarship.
Winner of the Sami Jo Small award is Cassandra Szczepanski of River East Collegiate. Cassandra was assistant team captain, as well as second in scoring, and was selected to the WWHSHL All Star Team. In addition to hockey, she is an Encounters with Canada Member, part of the schools anti-bulling campaign, time keeper and helps an elderly couple in her neighborhood. She is a volunteer with an elementary and Jr. high Speech Language Pathologist, participant at WE Day, and an peer mentor for international students, all while maintaining at 91% academic average.
The Ken “Friar” Nicolson award goes to Bronson Ammeter, the goaltender of Sanford Collegiate. This 96% student, was the top GAA for WHSHL, and helped his team to victory in the Free Press Division. He was chosen as a Graduating All Star. He participated in Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball and Badminton. Bronson sits on the Athletic Committee, and helps with fundraisers for school athletics. He is a Goalie instructor, and a Big Brother and participates in community breakfasts and dinners as well as Koats for Kids.
The D’Arcy Bain/Fred Stevenson Award is named in honour of long time hockey coach Fred Stevenson of St. John’s Ravenscourt, and the $750.00 Scholarship is sponsored by local Physiotherapist D’Arcy Bain. This year’s recipient is Stephen McGregor of Kelvin High School. He was assistant team captain and was awarded the hardest working player, and received the Player Choice Award at Provincials. He was also an affiliate player with the Charleswood Hawks. He participates in Football, Cross Country and track and field while maintaining a 92% academic average. He volunteers at the Academy Street Festival, Robert H. Smith breakfast fundraiser and delivers hampers. He is active in the mentorship program at his school and is also a member of the Divisional and Provincial Honour Band.
The Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship is awarded in honour of Alexander Josephson, a student at St. John’s Ravenscourt School, who tragically past away in a car accident in 2005. Alexander was a member of the 2003 Provincial Championship team and was selected as a Provincial All-Star. The recipients of this scholarship are students who demonstrate strong leadership and team play, high scholastic standing, a hard working attitude and who are proceeding to a post secondary scholarship. A male and female hockey player will each receive a $2000.00 scholarship.
Cassandra Szcsepanski of River East Collegiate Kodiak Ladies Hockey Team is the female winner. This 91% student was awarded the Coaches Award, Sports Person Award and was named to the WWHSHL All Star Team. As assistant team captain she was second in scoring and is involved with the schools anti-bulling campaign and does time keeping. She volunteers at the local elementary and Jr. High Schools assisting a Speech Language Pathologist while also being a peer mentor for international students at her school.
The 2014 male winner of the Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship is Nolan Turnbull of the Morden Collegiate Thunder Hockey Team, is this year’s male winner. Nolan is team captain and maintains a 92% average. He is a strong vocal leader and positive influence and is always looking for ways to improve. He participates in soccer and is a mentor for Big Brothers and Sisters and sits as a City Council Youth Member. He strives to help others and is a positive mentor in the community through his volunteer work.
Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is the voluntary not for profit organization which co-ordinates high school sport in the province. There are 23 schools playing high school ladies hockey in the province while another 85 participate in men’s hockey.