The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association and Volleyball Manitoba are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 recipients of the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Volleyball Scholarships. These $1000.00 scholarships are awarded annually in memory of Selkirk, Manitoba volleyball player, Dr. Dale Iwanoczko.
Dale began his volleyball career playing for Lord Selkirk Regional High School and the University of Manitoba Bisons where he was named a five-time All-Canadian. He was selected CIS/CIAU Most Valuable Player in 1990, and led the Bisons to the national championship title in 1991. He also played on Manitoba's Provincial and Canada Games Teams. Dale was selected as Valedictorian, Governor General Award winner, and Athlete of the Year at Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and sadly passed away at the age of thirty, after succumbing to Hodgkin's disease, a battle he had fought valiantly for fourteen months. A number of Dale's friends, have organized an annual golf tournament to raise funds for this scholarship, named in his honour and memory.
To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be proceeding to a post-secondary institution and have a minimum 65% academic average. The individual must have proficiency in volleyball, while academic standing, community activities, and citizenship are also considered.
This year four student athletes have been selected.
Ciara Zarn, is the libero for the Killarney Raiders Volleyball team. She maintains a 96.5% average, and also participates in softball, cross country and downhill skiing. Ciara has achieved great success in volleyball, and has been a member of the Provincial Championship team in each of her four high school years. At this years’ provincials, she was awarded the Player’s Choice Award. She plays club volleyball as well as helps coach the grade 7 and 8 volleyball team. Ciara is also a member of the Champions Cross Mentoring Program. Outside of volleyball Ciara enjoys softball, downhill skiing and cross country. She plans to play for Lakehead University, where she will be studying Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
Keegan Teetaert, is middle blocker for the Steinbach Regional Secondary School Sabres and maintains a 97% average. In addition to volleyball, Keegan participates on the Basketball team and continues to play club and beach volleyball. Keegan is a leader among his peers and is constantly setting an example of hard work. He is involved with the local food bank, volunteers at his church, and with fundraising for children in underdeveloped countries. He plans to play volleyball at the University of Winnipeg, eventually going to Concordia University to secure a degree in engineering.
William Hatherley plays left side for the Hapnot Kopper Kings in Flin Flon and was chosen by his peers to receive the Player’s Choice Award at Provincials this year. He has received numerous MVP, All-Star and player of the game awards. He was named to the Graduating All Star Team. He volunteers with the SPCA and community activities. He will be joining the Brandon University volleyball team and study Pharmacy. His goal is to play CIS Volleyball and win a national championship. William is a leader in the school and is involved in grad activities and is a member of the school athletic council.
Jessica Friesen, captain and middle attacker of the Lord Selkirk Royals, is a leader on the court, and is on the Honour roll, with a 96% average. Jessica is a member of the student council, human rights committee, Christmas hamper committee, grad committee and assistant coach for the Selkirk Royals Club 13u. She is a Graduating All Star and received the Players Choice Award at Provincials. Jessica has numerous MVP and All-Star awards. She also participates in track and basketball. She is planning on studying Biopsychology at the University of Winnipeg, and hopes to play for the Wesmen.
Each Student will receive a $1000.00 Scholarship.
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association and Volleyball Manitoba work in co-operation to support the academic and athletic endeavors of Manitoba High School student athletes.