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MHSAA 2022 AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the Winners of 2022 High School Athletes of the Year Award:

🏆 A Girls: Kindal DeGraeve

🏆 AA Girls: Serenity Poirier

🏆 AAA Girls: Gwen Bestland

🏆 AAAA Girls: Ayva Khan

🏆A Boys: Alex Kubinec

🏆 AA Boys: Russell Outhwaite

🏆 AAA Boys: Sam Ludwig

🏆 AAAA Boys: Udhay Chatha

🏆 Overall Girls: Gwen Bestland

🏆 Overall Boys: Sam Ludwig

Congratulations to the High School Sport Coaching Award winners:

🏆 Kelli Sinnock received the Nick Laping Leadership Award

🏆 Keith Forsyth received the Frank L. McKinnon Award

🏆 Doug Durksen received 2022 Grey Cup Legacy Male High School Coach of the Year

🏆 Lana Dubois received 2022 Grey Cup Legacy Female High School Coach of the Year

Manitoba’s Credit Unions Scholar Athlete

The Manitoba’s Credit Unions Scholar Athlete Award is presented to four students annually who maintain a minimum of 85% average and participate in at least two interscholastic high school athletic activities. Manitoba’s Credit Unions awards each Scholar Athlete a $1,000 scholarship.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Katelyn DorschWarren Collegiate InstituteRuralJun 22, 2022
Ayva KhanInstitut collégial Vincent Massey CollegiateUrbanJun 22, 2022
Russell OuthwaiteKillarney SchoolRuralJun 22, 2022
Andrew PennerMorris SchoolRuralJun 22, 2022

Congratulations to the winners of Manitoba Credit Unions Scholar Athlete Awards.

The four student athletes awarded $1,000 scholarships were:

Katelyn Dorsch of Warren Collegiate – participated in basketball, badminton, track & field, and fast pitch. She was named player of the game and a Graduating All-Star in basketball, placed 3rd at the Zone Badminton Championship and played at the Provincial Badminton Championships. She participated in pentathlon at track & field, where she set a Zone record in 2019, and has placed first in pentathlon at several meets. Katelyn is on the honour roll and is an academic excellence medalist. She is a member of the Student Leadership, Grad Committee, Breakfast Program, Work-Out Wednesday program, and participated in intramural sports and spirit week at the school. She is a volunteer for female U15 hockey tryouts and has coached several practices. Katelyn volunteers at fundraisers for cancer and women in sports in addition to food and clothing drives. She was the assistant captain, MVP of the Year, 2nd team all-star and 5-time Goalie of the week for her AAA hockey team. Katelyn maintained a 90% academic average.

Katelyn states: “High school sports are a crucial part of every student athlete’s life, many lessons can be learned and taught throughout the span of four years. High school sports impacts three major parts of a student athletes’ life: mental health, physical health, and life skills and lessons. Many life lessons are learned in sports, not a lot are handed on a silver platter but once the effort is made, it is easy to pick them out. A few of the many teachings I have learnt is that nothing comes easy, and it takes dedication, a good work ethic and the strength to never give up getting anywhere in life. I have come to acquire leadership experience, new friends/connections, responsibilities, time management, critical thinking to develop tactics/skills, and the self confidence to know that no one can convince your to be a better version of yourself other than you.”

Ayva Khan of Vincent Massey Collegiate – with a 94% academic average, Ayva participated in basketball and track & field. She was named Vincent Massey Athlete of the Year and has been named an All-Star at several tournaments and her team was ranked 3rd for Provincials. She was a member of the Basketball Manitoba All Manitoba team, a graduating All-Star, and named an MHSAA Athlete of the Week. She participated in javelin, discus and shot put for track & field. She is a student representative of the MHSAA Board of Directors, Vice-President of the school Grad Committee, has organized fundraisers, is part of the school band program, organized a sports equipment drive, is a member of the school’s Key Club, and has volunteered at Harvest Manitoba. Ayva has received the MTS Young Humanitarian Award, the Jon Gerard Citizenship Award, the Hawk Award for Leadership, the Carl Ridd Award, and the University of Manitoba Queen Elizabeth Entrance Scholarship.

Ayva states: “School sport has helped me to truly enjoy and find belonging in my high school experience. It has given me the opportunity to make new friends and meet people in different grades. Being a basketball player for a large part of my life I had always wanted to experience different sports at a high level, that’s what high school sport offered me. I have made some of my closest friends and it is those friends that helped me process and get through the pandemic. Without school support I also would have never been able to make the connections I made with the coaches, teachers and peers who have helped me to learn and understand myself as well as love sport. In the end I could not imagine my high school experience without high school sports. I have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. I have grown to understand myself more than I thought possible, and for that I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Andrew Penner of Morris School – participated in volleyball, curling, track & field, badminton, and soccer. He was named a Manitoba Graduating All-Star and Captain of his volleyball team. His team won the Zone banner for curling and was a semi-finalist at this year’s Provincials, and he has won various MVP and player of the game awards for volleyball. He is a member of the school’s honour roll and has an academic average of 98.5%. Andrew is the Co-President of the Leadership Team and organizes different activities at the school. He is a JV volleyball coach and plays in the concert and jazz bands. He is a scorekeeper, and referee for volleyball, as well as being part of the Grad Committee and the math and run clubs. Andrew is a Level 10 Royal Conservatory Pianist and volunteers as a pianist at his church. He plays club volleyball and competes in the Manitoba junior curling tour.

Andrew states: “Being an active participant in a community will bring an individual joy in the most genuine form. High school athletics are an accessible and fun way to be involved in a community, obtain valuable life skills, and grow as an individual. I have been a strong multi-sport high school athlete since eligibility, particularly in volleyball. My experiences as a high school athlete have given me the confidence and skills to further pursue extracurricular activities and be a leader in my school and community. High school athletics have not only fueled my passion for leadership and volunteerism but have given me a team perspective and taught me several transferable skills applied in school, work, and everyday life. These skills include time management, leadership, and communication. High school athletics have been a significant factor in my development as a person. I can say with certainty that I would not be the person I am today without high school athletics.”

Russell Outhwaite of Killarney School – holds an academic average of 90% while participating in volleyball, golf, hockey, basketball, track & field, badminton, baseball, and football. He was the captain of his volleyball team and led the team in aces, digs, blocks, and assists. He was captain of his hockey team and was fourth in the league for scoring among defenceman. Russell was also named captain of his basketball team, was a Zone finalist for badminton, Zone 9 golf team champion, a gold medalist at the Royal Rumble track & field meet for discus and is the pitcher for his baseball team. Russell is an honour roll student and is a member of the grad organizing committee, eco-club, plays football for the Souris Sabres, and club volleyball in Brandon. He is a volunteer at the community service day, eco-club garden construction team and a Terry Fox run participant.

Russell states: “School sports have allowed me to make friends throughout the province. I would not have had the opportunity to meet so many people if I just stayed at school in the classroom. Some of our biggest rivals in one sport are suddenly on my teammates for another sport. I have learned so many technical skills for the various sports I compete in but the leadership and character-building the coaches have taught is something that will benefit me late in life, I’m sure. Our hockey team captured the AA Provincial Championship, and the experience is something I’ll remember my entire life. I feel very fortunate to have made those memories with my teammates!”

Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship

The Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship is awarded in honor of Alexander Josephson, a student and hockey player at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, who tragically passed away in a car accident in 2005. He was a member of the 2003 Provincial Championship Team and selected as a Provincial All-Star. The recipient of this scholarship is a player who demonstrates strong leadership and team play, high scholastic standing, a hard-working attitude, and is proceeding to a post secondary education. A male and female hockey player will each receive a $2,500 scholarship.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Brittan YaschyshynSwan Valley Regional Secondary SchoolRuralMay 20, 2022
Jonah NormanSt. Paul’s High SchoolUrbanMay 20, 2022

Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Scholarship

Dale Iwanoczko was an outstanding student and athlete who began his volleyball career playing for Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School. He advanced to the University of Manitoba where he was named a five time All Canadian and C.I.S. Most Valuable Player in 1991. He was also a member of Volleyball Manitoba’s Provincial Team & Canada Games programs. Dale was Valedictorian, Governor General Medal Award Winner, and Athlete of the Year at Selkirk in Grades 11 & 12. He proceeded to obtain his medical degree from the University of Manitoba. Dale Iwanoczko left the sports world at the age of 30, after succumbing to Hodgkin’s Disease, a battle he had fought for fourteen months. Friends and colleagues of Dale have come together to create $1,000 scholarships in his name to be presented to rural and urban high school volleyball players.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Katya CisnerosSt. Mary’s AcademyUrbanMar 21, 2022
Nicole HildebrandSteinbach Regional Secondary SchoolUrbanMar 21, 2022
Sam LudwigWestgate Mennonite CollegiateUrbanMar 21, 2022
Nolan HoudeSt. Paul’s CollegiateRuralMar 21, 2022

Frank L. McKinnon Award

The Frank L. McKinnon Award is presented to an outstanding contributor to high school atheltics. The award is named in honour of long time Principal of Carman Collegiate, Frank McKinnon who was a past Board member and President of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Keith ForsythBoissevain SchoolRuralJun 20, 2022


Garett Lee Sidor Memorial Scholarship

Garett Lee Sidor, a student at Windsor Park Collegiate, was an outstanding young student athlete. His life tragically ended on May 13, 2007. Garett participated in many sports, including hockey, volleyball, and basketball. He was selected as an All-Star in the 2007 Provincial AAA Basketball Championships which his Windsor Park Royals captured. He was also named to the All Manitoba Team. Garett’s friends and Family have set a scholarship to be awarded to a male high school basketball player who displays sportsmanship, leadership, and outstanding ability. A scholarship in the amount of $750 is awarded annually. Nominations will be taken by the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association and scholarship funds will be administered through the Garett Lee Sidor Scholarship Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation. Contributions to this fund may be made by contacting the Winnipeg Foundation.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Kevin BaniukCollège Miles Macdonell CollegiateUrbanMay 20, 2022

Grey Cup Legacy Male and Female Coach of the Year

The 1990 Grey Cup was held in Winnipeg for the first time and as a result, a profit was generated. Part of the profit was directed to a legacy for high school coaching. Each year the MHSAA selects its Male and Female High School Coach of the Year and a $1,000 prize is awarded to both individuals courtesy of the Grey Cup Legacy Fund.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Doug DurksenWestgate Mennonite CollegiateUrbanJun 20, 2022
Lana DuboisÉcole Secondaire Neelin High SchoolUrbanJun 20, 2022

Ken ‘Friar’ Nicolson Award

The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is the sponsor of the Ken ‘Friar’ Nicolson Award. This award is named in honour of long-time CJOB radio Winnipeg Jets play-by-play broadcaster Ken Nicolson. Ken was a tremendous supporter of high school hockey and served on the organization committee for the first two Provincial High School Championships. The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame presents a $1,000 scholarship to a high school hockey player who is recognized for a combination of excellence in athletics, academics, and community service.

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RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Ezra KashinSt. John’s-Ravenscourt SchoolUrbanMay 20, 2022


Sami Jo Small Award

Sami-Jo Small was a tremendous athlete in high school and represented Canada at three Olympic Games, in two of which, Team Canada won gold. She was also a member of five World Championship winning teams for Canada and was MHSAA Athlete of the Year and Scholar/Athlete Award winner in 1994, while attending College Jeanne Sauve. The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame presents the Sami Jo Small Award, a $1,000 scholarship to a female high school hockey player who is recognized for a combination of excellence in athletics, academics, and community service.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Kelsey ForrestÉcole Secondaire Oak Park High SchoolUrbanMay 20, 2022


Winnipeg Jets Alumni and Friends Hockey Scholarships

Presented to one male and one female graduating high school hockey player – a $2,500 scholarship to be used towards post secondary education. The criteria for this award includes a person’s on-ice skills and achievements, as well as off-ice activities including: leadership in school and community, participation in school and community activities. Applications are evaluated by a committee made up of retired NHL players.

RECIPIENTS

NAMESCHOOLLOCATIONAWARD DATE
Katherine WiltonCollège BéliveauUrbanMay 20, 2022
Braden GustafsonVincent Massey High SchoolUrbanMay 20, 2022

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