2009 KSA Scholarship Recipients
Updated Sunday January 5, 2014 by Kitchener Sports Association.
PHOTO: Recipients seated with their respective introducers standing directly behind: (L-R) Nadia Qahwash & Ashley MacSporren, Lauren Coxon & Mark Quinn, Adam Schmidt & Trvor Francis, Oliver Grant & April Harper, Grace Arnott and Trevor Ray.
Each of the 2009 scholarship recipients receives $1,000 towards his/her first year's tuition and a further $1,000 towards second year studies. As of 2009, there have been 68 KSA Scholarships awarded. Congratulations to all recipients, well done!
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The 2009 scholarship recipients:
Grace Arnott: Grace Arnott is an accomplished soccer player (U18 rep. team) with over 10 years experience and attends Eastwood Collegiate with intentions of attending WLU and then becoing a teacher.
Introduced by – Trevor Ray, a teacher at Eastwood
KSA liaison – Lerinda Chapeskie
Guests – Alan, Beth & David Arnott, Marg Kennie & Tegan Sittler
Oliver Grant: Oliver Grant plays many sports including soccer & hockey and is also a star on the track for both his school, Eastwood, and the local track clubs. Next year will see him at U of Waterloo studying Physics in the first leg of his pusuit of a career in research.
Introduced by - April Harper, his former Track Coach
KSA liaison – Gord Dearborn
Dinner Guest – Evelyn Grant
Nadia Qahwash: Nadia Qahwash, a Grand River student, intends to attend York University and study Kinesiology and/or Physiotherapy. She's an accomplished basketball player both with her school and KW Lightning teams.
Introduced by - Ashley MacSporren, Coach Grand River & KW Lightning
KSA liaison – Tim Hobson
Guest – Nazmi Qahwash
Adam Schmidt: Adam Schmidt has been active for years in baseball, lacrosse and hockey (AAA) as well as on numerous Forest Heights Collegiate teams. After getting a degree in Kinesiology, Adam plans to become a high-school teacher and coach.
Introduced by - Trevor Francis, Forest Heights Hockey Coach
KSA liaison – Bill Smith
Guests – Jennifer, Kevin & Laura Schmidt, Carol Totzke
Special Scholarship for KW Rangers hockey team: Lauren Coxon
Lauren Coxon is the first recipient of the new KSA Scholarship awarded to a member of the K-W Rangers Hockey Club - the local elite Junior Women's hockey team playing in the PWHL. She'll be pursuing her hockey career at Wayne State next year and is looking forward to a career in the criminal justice system.
Introduced by - Mark Quinn, Ass’t Coach, K-W Rangers
KSA liaison – Robert Fedy
Guests – Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coxon
Guest Speaker: Don McKee, Hockey Coach
Don McKee, a Kitchener native, has enjoyed significant success in coaching hockey at various levels. Following four years of coaching junior hockey teams, Kitchener in the 1970's and Guelph in the early 1980's, Don coached the University of Waterloo Warriors men's hockey team for 13 seasons (1985-98) with a phenomenal record (201-84-29) = a .700 winning percentage.
In 1998-99, he coached the Sheffield Steelers of the British Superleague. McKee then turned professional, coaching the Odessa Jackalopes (Central Hockey League) from 1999-2006 with a 241-159-52 winning record, and was twice named as the CHL Coach of the Year (2000-01 and 2001-02). The last two seasons, Don was the head hockey coach of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves of Thunder Bay, of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.
Don is a life-long educator and coach, with a Master's degree in Physical Education from California State University - Long Beach, a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of the Stratford Teachers' College.
He encouraged the student/athletes to pursue their goals and dreams, taking things one step at a time and not being discouraged by others or temporary setbacks. He wished them all the best with their upcoming unversity studies, sports and careers.
Appreciation to Guest speaker – Tom Clancy & John Thompson
The KSA Scholarship Program
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