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Scholar Athlete Awards Announced

L to R: Riley Dirks - Oak Park, Seth Friesen - Vincent Massey (Bdn), Tara Frisch - Nellie McClung (Manitou), Caitlin Wilkinson - Ste. Rose

L to R: Riley Dirks - Oak Park, Seth Friesen - Vincent Massey (Bdn), Tara Frisch - Nellie McClung (Manitou), Caitlin Wilkinson - Ste. Rose

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, with support from Credit Unions of Manitoba, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Credit Unions of Manitoba High School Scholar Athlete Awards.  These $1000.00 Scholarships are awarded to four graduating high school student athletes who maintained a minimum 85% average and compete in at least two interscholastic sports.  Other criteria include school, community, volunteer, and citizenship activities.

The presentation took place at a ceremony held at the Holiday Inn South 1330 Pembina Highway.   Mr. Harry Bowler, of Sunrise Credit Union, representing Manitoba’s Credit Unions, and MHSAA President Scott Kwasnitza, Superintendent of Lord Selkirk School Division, made the presentations.

Forty-nine students were nominated this year:


Nicole Balzer – River East Collegiate

 Juliana Barclay – Kelvin High School

 Alyssa Bibault – Ecole Regional Notre Dame

Jessica Braun – Warren Collegiate

 Taylor Curtis – Vincent Massey High School (Brandon)

 Rylie Dickson – Killarney Collegiate

 Riley Dirks – Oak Park High School

 Barak Doell – Niverville Collegiate

 Emilie Ducharme – Centre Scolaire Leo Remillard

Hannah Enns – Westgate Mennonite Collegiate

Katie Friesen – Mennonite Brethern Collegiate

Seth Friesen – Vincent Massey High School (Brandon)

 Tara Frisch – Nellie McClung Collegiate (Manitou),

Karanjit Gill – Kildonan East Collegiate

 Jacquelyn Hawkins – Hamiota Collegiate

 Toni Hawthorn – Grant Park High School

 Andrew Hector – Miles Macdonell Collegiate

Megan Jubenvill – Gilbert Plains Collegiate

 Sawyer Lambourne – Teulon Collegiate

 Emma Laurin – J.H. Bruns Collegiate

 Curtis Leclerc – Margaret Barbour Collegiate (The Pas)

 Jade Ledochowski – Teulon Collegiate

 Kyle Martens – Steinbach Regional

 Charley Maxwell – Elton Collegiate (Forrest)

 Mason Metcalf – Carman Collegiate

 Gabriel Molin – Centre Scolarie Leo Remillard

Sydney Murray – Glenboro School

 Sawyer Norrie – Hamiota Collegiate

 Lexus Ostberg – Roseau Valley School (Dominion City)

 Alex O’Toole – Margaret Barbour Collegiate (The Pas)

 Emily Parisien – Daniel McIntyre Collegiate

 Riley Poole – Sanford Collegiate

 Ryan Preston – College Pierre Elliot-Trudeau

Aaron Pugh – Boissevain School

 Jeylyn Sarmiento – St. Bonifac Diocesan

 Brittney Schneider – College Jeanne-Sauve

William Sikora – Elton Collegiate (Forrest)

Marianne Sytnyk – Rossburn Collegiate

 Sarah Townsend – Linden Christian School

 Sydney Urwin – Dakota Collegiate

 Tess Van Alstyne – Transcona Collegiate

 Kirsten van der Linde- Morris School

 Jade Vilela – Kildonan East Collegiate

 Matthew West – Miles Macdonell Collegiate

Elicia Wiebe- Garden Valley Collegiate (Winkler)

Caitlin Wilkinson – Ste. Rose School

 Kaylee Wilson – College Jeanne-Sauve

 Mallory Workman – Erikson Collegiate

 Laryssa Yakimoski – Mile Macdonell Collegiate


The four student athletes awarded $1000.00 scholarships were:

Caitlin Wilkinson of Ste. Rose School – participated in Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Curling, Basketball, Badminton, Baseball and Track.   She was named MHSAA Athlete of the Week in January 2015, and was the captain of her soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams.  She is the editor of her schools year book, is on the grad banquet committee, participates in band and also coached junior Volleyball and Basketball.  Caitlin maintains a 96% average while also playing club volleyball, and baseball, is a 4-H member, and volunteers as an assistant with the Skate Canada Program for the past eight years.

Caitlin States: “By participating in sports at school, I have developed many positive relationships with fellow teammates, as well as opponents.  Team sports have taught me to be empathetic towards others, and to have respect for myself, my team and my opponents.  I believe that high school sports builds character and teaches self-discipline, as well as values and good sportsmanship. High school sport has shaped me into a motivating role model for my peers.”

Seth Friesen of Vincent Massey High School (Brandon) – participated in Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer and Track and Field.  He was captain of his Volleyball team, and was ranked third in the Winnipeg Sun Coaches Poll.  He was chosen as a Volleyball Manitoba Graduating  All-Star, and was named to the Volleyball Manitoba All-Manitoba Team. He was awarded the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Volleyball Scholarship and played in the Basketball Manitoba Graduating All Star game.  He is a member of the schools Peer Tutoring team, and is on the Grad Organizing committee,  assistant Freshman Volleyball and Basketball Coach and Junior Varsity Assistant Basketball coach.  He studies piano and has won the Jean MacKinnon Piano Scholarship along with the Eckhardt-Gramatte Conservatory of Music Scholarship and is involved as an active member of his church all while maintaining  an academic average of 99.86%.

Seth states:  “High school athletics have played an important role in shaping me as a person.  They have taught me the importance of sportsmanship, commitment, and working together as a team to achieve a common goal.  Aside from competition, being involved in multiple sports while maintaining a high academic standing has taught me the value of hard work and time management.  I have formed positive relationships with people both in school and across the province, and I expect that these relationships and the values my coaches have instilled in me will last a lifetime.” 

Tara Frisch of Nellie McClung Collegiate (Manitou) – participates in Golf, Volleyball, Curling, Basketball, Fastball, Track and Field and Cross Country.  Tara was a captain of her volleyball, skip of her Provincial Championship Curling Team and she achieved the second lowest ladies score at the Zone 6 Golf Tournament.  She maintains a 98% academic average while also participating as the student council student representative, grad banquet committee and fundraising, and Envirothan team wildlife expert.  She is a volunteer reader at her local church, volunteers at the Manitou Honey, Garlic and Maple Syrup Festival and car show. She is the pitcher and first baseman of the Southern Bandit Fastpitch “A” Team and is a member of the Ladies League and club volunteer at the Manitou Curling Club.

Tara states: “I have learned lessons that will stay with me for the rest of my life.  Future applications of teamwork skills are cooperation with colleagues and knowing one’s responsibilities within a workplace.  I have learned that sportsmanship is the key to building friendships with my competitors.  This skill will help me to remain humble in my success and composed in my failures throughout my life.”

Riley Dirks of Oak Park High School – participates in Football, Cross Country, Track and Field and Curling.  He was part of the WHSFL AAA Football Championship team, and was on the AAA Football League Honour Roll.  He was captain of his football and Cross Country teams, and skipped the Curling team.  Riley maintains an academic average of 99.57% while also being a student council member, social justice committee co-chair, grad committee member, was on the school’s musical crew, and is a peer tutor, just to name a few of his other school activities.  He volunteers at Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest, Ronald McDonald House, Westgrove family day, as well as supervising evening gym at Lighthouse Missions. 

Riley states: “School exists to prepare students for the outside world.  Sports are integral to this development.  They familiarize athletes with the real-world competition in a way that no classroom can replicate.  High School Sports have shown me that in the real world everything is a competition and dedication produces results. Sports are applicable to my life now and will continue to be applicable as I grow up.  High School sports changed my life.”

Each of the four winners will receive a $1000.00 scholarship courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions.

Categories: Nellie McClung, Oak Park, Ste. Rose, Vincent Massey (Bdn)