HK Book Award recipientsStudents from local high schools received awards from the Faculty of Human Kinetics for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities.

High school students descend on campus for annual HK Book Awards

It was a week of wins at the Faculty of Human Kinetics for Maranatha Christian Academy’s Owen Turner.

Turner, a Grade 12 student, was a member of the winning team at the Sport Management and Leadership Case Competition hosted by the faculty Dec. 14. Turner was back on campus two days later to collect a prize at the faculty’s annual Book Awards.

The Book Awards event, sponsored by the faculty since 1982, recognizes high school students for their academic achievements, their dedication to sport, and their contribution to their communities. Students receive a certificate and a book — this year, a copy of Fitness and Wellness in Canada co-authored by UWindsor kinesiology professor Sarah Woodruff.

Turner is not only a stellar student, he is the captain of his school’s senior boys volleyball team; he plays golf, tennis, and hockey; and he volunteers at his church and at community events such as the Transition to Betterness annual walk.

“I’m studying very hard for my post-secondary endeavours,” Turner said. “I’m hoping to go into either business or sport management.”

Turner was among students from 23 local high schools who received the award. Each award recipient was chosen by their school and submitted a video outlining their interests and accomplishments.

In her video, award recipient McKenna Ferrand from St. Anne Catholic High School not only spoke of her academic achievements and success as a cross-country athlete, but noted the Book Awards is a family affair.

“My dad won the same award in 1985 from F.J. Brennan High School,” she said. “He also graduated from the Faculty of Human Kinetics here at the University of Windsor.”

Linda Rohr, dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics, said the Book Awards are an important tradition in the faculty.

“These students embody what we promote and teach here in our faculty — healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy communities.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Académie Ste. Cecile International Academy — Pari Singh
  • Assumption College School — Elayna Milne
  • Belle River District High School — Jesse Grondin
  • Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School — Kyla Anscombe
  • Catholic Central High School — Natalie Fortier
  • Essex District High School — Evelyn O’Neil
  • F. J. Brennan High School — Ava-Jude Coscarella
  • Herman Secondary School — Aidan Musson
  • Holy Names High School — Benjamin Najem
  • Kingsville District High School — Teagan Handley
  • Leamington District High School — Jason Friesen
  • L’École Secondaire L’Essor — Amélie Sfalcin
  • L’École Secondaire E.J. Lajeunesse — Alexander Tannous
  • Maranatha Christian Academy — Owen Turner
  • Massey Secondary School — Abdullah Ghoneim
  • North Star High School — Mya Forman
  • Riverside Secondary School — Stella Law
  • Sandwich Secondary School — Abby Primeau
  • St. Anne High School — Mackenna Ferrand
  • St. Joseph’s High School — Steven Elford
  • St. Thomas of Villanova — Mackenzie DeLisle
  • Tecumseh Vista Academy — Jack Berthiame
  • Walkerville Secondary School — Sonja Kollar

—Sarah Sacheli

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