HHSS celebrates its athletes
|By Justin van Lieshout - Staff Writer | June 16, 2016|
Kenndal Marsden and Caleb Schmidt were named female and male athletes of the year at Tuesday’s Haliburton Highlands Secondary School’s (HHSS) 38th annual athletic banquet.
The two were recognized for their leadership qualities and commitment to team development.
“You have pushed me to do my best and I can’t thank you enough,” a humble Marsden told her coaches and teammates as she accepted her award. Marsden competed in volleyball, track, field hockey and badminton.
“It’s because of you that I’m up here now,” said a grinning Schmidt, who played varsity soccer, badminton and basketball, said.
Many other students were honoured for their dedication to the sports department.
“Battling frostbite one week, battling sun burns the next,” remarked soccer coach Amy Klose, who thanked her team for its perseverance throughout the season.
But the weather wasn’t the only battle fought this year.
With Christine Bishop and Brynn Meyers by her side, Jennifer Paton thanked the girls for a wonderful season of nordic skiing. After a strong recovery from a car collision in February, Paton had nothing but a smile on her face, beaming with pride for the girls who stood by her side.
“They’re all stars” said Paton, who was unable to single out any one competitor as all three had proven to be vital to the team.
Many coaches echoed the sentiment, acknowledging the difficulty of having to select a single student for recognition. Regardless of wins and losses, coaches were proud of their teams and looked forward to working with the students in the future.
And, it wasn’t only students receiving recognition in the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion. The most touching moment of the evening was perhaps a nod to the decades of involvement of Tim Davies and Bruce Griffith.
Davies and Griffith retire this year. Both teachers have had a profound impact on the school due to their passion for athletics.
“You made a difference,” said student Ryan Hill in a speech honouring their work.
With a combined 60 years of teaching at HHSS, the school will be sad to see them leave.
However, they know better than most, that “Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk”!
Justin van Lieshout is a reporter for The Highlander.