A student who developed greatly over the past four years as both an athlete and a person was honoured with the prestigious Graduating Athlete Award for 2013-14 at last Tuesday night’s DCVI athletic banquet.
Stan Froese, 19, had an outstanding track season this spring as qualified for OFSAA in Mississauga in three separate events – the 100-metre dash, the 200-metre dash, and the 400-metre dash.
To qualify for the All-Ontario meet, Froese won the 200m and 400m races and finished second in the 100 metres at the OFSAA West Regionals in Windsor one week earlier.
“I honestly didn’t think I would win it,” Froese said afterwards. “I thought it would probably be Lucas Jeffrey or Travis Mann.
“I feel really honoured; it’s a great feeling. It’s been a heckuva year, especially in track. My last year of high school has been awesome.”
Froese also played on the Senior boys soccer, basketball and volleyball teams.
“The development and improvement that this athlete has made over the past four years has extraordinary,” said presenter Stephen Chateauvert, a teacher and coach at the school. “He has worked to develop his skills in every sport he has competed in.
“It is his smile, positive attitude and enthusiasm that makes every practice and game more enjoyable for his teammates and his coaches. His ability to support and encourage everyone, from Grade 9 rookies to fifth-year veterans, is amazing.
“He has become a dedicated and disciplined competitor, who knows that hard work and perseverance are the only things that will help you succeed. He is, without a doubt, the emotional and motivational leader of every team he is on. His ability to control the mood of the team is remarkable,” Chateauvert said in his address.
A Masonry Apprenticeship (going to college and working) is in Froese’s plans for next year.
Other Major Awards
Other DCVI Major Award winners were as follows:
--OFSAA Colin Hood awards
This year’s recipients were Lucas Jeffrey and Hannah Stacey (they are presented annually to one graduating male and one graduating female).
The Colin Hood OFSAA School Sport Award is named after retired OFSAA Executive Director Colin Hood. During his time at OFSAA (1992-2004), Hood set national precedents through his relentless dedication to school sport, developing all-inclusive OFSAA programs, as well as promoting and developing the high school athlete in this province.
--Grade 9 girls sportsmanship award
This year’s winner is Elizabeth Aarts.
Presenter Annette Wrigley described Aarts as someone who always has a smile on her face and who “exemplifies sportsmanship.”
“She knows the price of success is hard work and commitment, which she gave me every practice and meet on the running and ski teams.”
--Grade 9 boys sportsmanship award
Sam Triemstra is this year’s winner.
“Sam Triemstra is every coach’s dream because you know exactly what you are getting all the time,” said presenter Ian Moore.
“He always treats his peers, the opponent, coaches and the game with respect, regardless of the situation. At the end of the game, Sam is the type of athlete that you really couldn’t tell whether he won or lost because of how he carried himself.”
--Grade 9 girls MVP award
This year’s recipient is Jensen Dundas.
Presenter Stephen Chateauvert noted that Dundas was a member of five school teams.
“She made a significant impact on the teams that she played on this year,” he said.
“Her coaches said she was a great teammate, on the court and on the bench. She is a natural leader and always has a positive attitude.”
Dundas was also described as a hard worker, very coachable and has an “amazing commitment” to games and practices.
--Grade 9 boys MVP award
This year, there were four candidates and two winners. The 2013-14 award is shared by Matt Wrigley and Marcel Scheele.
“They both represented DCVI in a variety of sports spread out over the school year, both indoors and outdoors, individual sports, and team sports,” said presenter Kirk Gregory.
--Junior girls sportsmanship award
There were also co-winners of this award, Kyla Black and Nicole Boonstra.
Both athletes were lauded for their leadership, on and off the field/court, and both played their respective sports with integrity, said presenter Bob Ellison.
--Junior boys sportsmanship award
This year’s recipient is Brendon Bishop, who played on five school teams, two of which won Huron-Perth, all moved onto WOSSAA, winning two of them, and three moving onto OFSAA.
“The success of every team he was on was in large part because of his work ethic and his desire to do whatever was necessary to help his team succeed,” said presenter Ian Moore. “His contributions on every team cannot be measured by a stats sheet.”
--Junior girls MVP award
Ashlyn Maxwell is this year’s winner. She was a member of three school teams.
Presenter Stephen Chateauvert described Maxwell as a natural athlete who shows a great work ethic, she’s a good leader by example and someone who is competitive who plays to win.
“She works hard to improve and that kind of effort and diligence rubs off on the people practicing and playing alongside her.”
--Junior boys MVP award
This year’s recipient is Hayden Moore. All five school teams he played on advanced to WOSSAA, presenter Brian Chalupka noted.
Moore was described as a “consistent” athlete with a great work ethic, modest, a quiet leader, highly coachable and someone who doesn’t get flustered.
--Senior girls sportsmanship award
Chiara Passarelli is this year’s winner.
Presenter Ruthann Waldick noted that Passarelli played on five school teams.
Passarelli is an athlete who carries herself with pride, whether she wins or loses, Waldick said. She plays with passion, “giving it her all” and is a leader at practice.
--Senior boys sportsmanship award
This year’s recipient is Lucas Jeffrey.
Presenter Wayne Murray noted that Jeffrey played a total of four years for him on the Senior boys soccer team.
Over those four years and 91 games, Jeffrey helped Salukis win two Huron-Perth titles, one WOSSAA silver and three WOSSAA bronze.
Murray went on to describe Jeffrey as not only an outstanding athlete, but an outstanding person as well. “He makes everyone around him better, and he leads by example, on and off the field.”
--Senior girls MVP award
Madeline Aarts and Taylor Simpson are co-winners of this year’s award.
Presenter Nich Seebach described Aarts as a “fierce” competitor. “She’s a natural talent, but she’s also one that continually works hard in practice and in competition to improve.”
Leadership is a strong trait of Simpson’s. “She is always a leader, on and off the court or field, and her teammates look to her for guidance, support and encouragement. She’s very coachable and willing to learn and help her teammates to learn and improve, also.”
--Senior boys MVP award
This year’s recipient is multi-sport athlete Travis Mann.
Mann excelled in skiing and on the track this past season. Running in bare feet at WOSSAA, he finished a strong second in the Open men’s 2,000-metre steeplechase.
In a poem, presenter Annette Wrigley described Mann as an athlete who loves competition and trains very hard.