Feb 16, 2015, 1:24 pm
Awards were presented to graduating students from South Bruce from proceeds of the 25th annual “Quarter Century Milestone” Sports and Scholarships Golf Tournament, which was held Thursday July 10 at Pike Lake Golf Centre.
Four student recipients were publicly recognized at a reception at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in Waterloo on Thursday July 17.
Scholarship recipients and presenters pose on staircase at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse – Standing (l-r) – Emily van Oyen, (WDCS), Dave West (representing son J.D. West), Nicole Ruetz, (Sacred Heart), Brian Hicks, Jacqui West, Kelsey Simpson (WDCS) and Dan Rourke. Seated – John Thompson, (tournament chair), Ellen Schmalz (selection committee), and Bruce McDonald (sponsor – CMR Insurance)
Nicole, a 19 year old resident of Carrick Township and daughter of Peter and Mary Ruetz, graduated from Walkerton Sacred Heart High School where she was active in theatre productions, soccer, sevens rugby and badminton. As well she participated in a Mission Trip to Nicaragua, was a member of two 4-H clubs and competed in dairy shows, as well as participating in CAN Skate, broomball and swimming. Her volunteer activities include annual fall fairs, helping coach minor soccer and swimming, and visiting residents of Brucelea Haven. Nicole plans to attend University of Ottawa for the Honours BA program of French as a Second Language, building on an earlier student exchange visit to France. Her long – term goal is to teach in France.
Kelsey, a Mildmay resident, is the 19 year old daughter of Keith and Pat Simpson, and is a graduate of Walkerton District Community School, where she competed in basketball, volleyball, badminton, hockey, swimming, track & field, mountain biking and curling. As well, she served as editor of the yearbook. In Mildmay, Kelsey volunteered with the swim team, Rotary Club events, the Relay for Life, Terry Fox Run and Fire Truck Pull. Her continuing education will take her to the University of Guelph for an under-graduate degree in Bio Medical Science, the next step to a long-term goal of becoming a medical doctor.
Emily Van Oyen
Emily, the daughter of Bryan and Yoshi Van Oyen, is a 17 year old resident of Carrick Township and graduated from Walkerton District Community School. She competed in high school basketball, track & field, volleyball, badminton and soccer, excelling in many of them, and as well participated in community soccer and broomball, attending various provincial and national events. Community service included stints at the local arena‘s food booth and sports timekeeping, the book fair at elementary school and chores on a sheep farm. This autumn, Emily will attend University of Guelph working toward a Bachelor of Science, prior to further education in the field of Kinesiology and Human Anatomy, steps toward a career as a health professional.
Eighteen- year-old J.D. West, the son of Dave and Jacqui West, resides in Mildmay and graduated from Walkerton District Community School where he competed perennially in volleyball, basketball, soccer and track & field and advanced to OFSAA events on six occasions. With basketball as his focus, JD has volunteered at several sports camps and local clinics. This fall, JD will attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, hoping to crack the varsity basketball team and will enroll in he Sports Administration course. leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. The next four years at Laurentian will be key to JD’s long-term goal of working and/or competing in sports professionally.
Theatre performance – following the presentations, students, parents, presenters and volunteers were guests of Drayton Entertainment for a performance of “Wichita Lineman – The Music of Glen Campbell” and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Following the performance, stars of the show Aaron Solomon and Leisa Way offered congratulations to the students.
The 25th “Anniversary Sports & Scholarships Golf Tournament" is scheduled for Thursday July 9, 2015 at Pike Lake Golf Centre.