SJDA celebrates student athletes in award ceremony

Kyle Moore/Courier - It was a bittersweet night for Sir James Dunn Academy administrators as they said goodbye to two local athletes. At SJDA’s annual award ceremony last Tuesday evening, Max Richards (left) and Amelia Welch were honoured with senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards. Both Welch and Richard have been multi-sport athletes throughout their high school careers and have represented SJDA athletically since Grade 8.

Saint Andrews – It was a night celebrating the growing sports culture at Sir James Dunn Academy (SJDA) with the school’s annual awards ceremony.

The evening brought the community together to honour SJDA athletics, arts, and school involvement with the emphasis on how sports have grown in the Saint Andrews community.

Athletes from the middle school level through high school seniors at SJDA have helped contribute to a growing athletic reputation of success and perseverance.

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The final awards of the night were the coveted Male and Female Athletes of the Year for the middle, JV, and Varsity level. The Female Athletes of the Year were Reegan Reid (Middle) Brooke Reid (JV) and Amelia Welch (Varsity) and Male Athletes of the Year were Bryan Clarke (Middle), Simon Clarke (JV), and Max Richards (Varsity).

Kyle Moore/Courier – At a ceremony held at Sir James Dunn Academy last Tuesday, the community came together to honour SJDA athletes with their annual award evening. Pictured are the JV female and male athletes of the year, Brooke Reid (left) and Simon Clarke.
Kyle Moore/Courier – Sir James Dunn Academy’s annual award ceremony recognized student athletes for their outstanding commitment to SJDA sports. Pictured are the middle level male and female athletes of the year Reegan Reid (left) and Bryan Clarke.

Speaking with the varsity male and female Athletes of the Year it was apparent that their time at SJDA was something they would cherish going forward.

Q: What Sports do you play?

Welch: I did cross country running, track and field, basketball and volleyball.

Richards: The sports I played this year were golf, basketball and volleyball.

Q: When did you first become involved at sports here at SJDA?

Welch: Well I started running cross county back in Grade 2, and then started basketball in Grade 9, volleyball since Grade 8, and track and field since Grade 7.

Richards: I’ve been play basketball since Grade 8, volleyball since Grade 8 and golf since Grade 9 here at SJDA.

Q: What has athletics at SJDA meant to you?

Welch: It’s meant a great deal to me – it’s made me who I am today. I’ve made so many great bonds with different people on different teams and made so many friends through athletics. It’s all taught me how to be a leader and bond with people. I`m so proud to be an athlete at SJDA and the bonds I’ve built with my coaches have been really special, and I think that’s something really great about a smaller school and athletic program – you get to know everyone really well and make those close bonds.

Richards: It means a lot to me because it’s how I’ve met so many great people, and have had some amazing experiences. You’re able to create such great bonds with people from schools all over the province. Overall it’s just an amazing experience.

Q: As you’re both seniors, what are your plans for next year?

Welch: I’m going to UNB Saint John to get a Bachelor of Arts, and then following on to dental hygiene. Hopefully next year I’ll be on the track or cross country team at UNB.

Richards: Next year I plan on going to UNB to study arts and eventually I want to become a teacher. The people around me every day (academically and athletically) definitely inspired me to become a teacher one day.

SJDA award winners

Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Amelia Welch

Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Max Richards

JV Female Athlete of the Year – Brooke Reid

JV Male Athlete of the Year – Simon Clarke

Middle Level Female Athlete of the Year – Reegan Reid

Middle Level Male Athlete of the Year – Bryan Clarke

Track and Field Awards

High School Male – Jake MacPhee

High School Female – Amelia Welch

Middle Level Male – Caleb MacPhee

Senior Boys Volleyball

Coaches Excellence Award – Anthony Pelton

Coaches Excellence Award – Max Richards

Senior Girls Volleyball

Coaches Excellence Award – Mackenzie Moore

Coaches Excellence Award – Amelia Welch

JV Boys Volleyball

Coaches Excellence Award – Gabe Blanchard

Coaches Excellence Award – Elias Eldridge

JV Girls Volleyball

Coaches Excellence Award – Reegan Reid

Coaches Excellence Award – Hannah Longmire

Hockey

Coaches Excellence Award – Zeke Lankisch

Coaches Excellence Award – Sam Needler

Badminton

Coaches Excellence Award – Simon Clarke

Coaches Excellence Award – Brooke Reid

Senior Boys Basketball

Coaches Excellence Award – Anthony Pelton

Coaches Excellence Award – Max Richards

Senior Girls Basketball

Coaches Excellence Award – Lilli Wegerich

Coaches Excellence Award – Amelia Welch

Senior Boys Soccer

Coaches Excellence Award – Nathaniel Osborne

Coaches Excellence Award – Alex Khoshbakhtian

Senior Girls Soccer

Coaches Excellence Award – Mia Scalabrin

Coaches Excellence Award – Brooke Reid

Middle Level Soccer

Coaches Excellence Award – Gabe Smith

Coaches Excellence Award – Bryan Clarke

Cross-Country High School

Female – Amelia Welch

Junior Level Male – Jake MacPhee

Junior Level Female – Nora Feeney

Golf

Coaches Excellence Award – Max Richards

Student Council

Student Council Award – Max Richards

Student Council Award – Mia Scalabrin

Yearbook

Yearbook Award – Mia Scalabrin

Yearbook Award – Amelia Welch

Certificate of Distinction for top three per cent in Canada

Reach for the Top Award – Ethan Pearson

Theatre Directors Choice Award – Mary Cunningham

Drama Award – Andrew Noseworthy

 

By Kyle Moore