ORHC 2018 Scholarship Winners, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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ORHC 2018 Scholarship Winners
Submitted By Karen Pike on Monday, May 28, 2018
Since the 2012/13 hockey season, the ORHC has proudly awarded two scholarships annually to players that are graduating from high school and moving on to post-secondary education. Each scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.00. Previous winners include Kamil Tkaczuk, David Zilkey, Matthew Gwillam, Andrew Giles, Justin Menne, Brendan Clarke, D'Arcy Murphy, Braden MacGregor, Jaden Luik and Eli Hoy. This year, the two most deserving applications were from a current House League player and a current Rep player.

Twenty of our graduating players submitted applications for a scholarship, which was the most ever received. For the sixth consecutive year, the judges were Helen Ford, Jenny Longo, Kathy See, Vivian LeBlanc and Charles Camilleri. The Chair was Reggie Nasu and the process was coordinated from the ORHC office by Karen Pike. The applications were evaluated on participation in the ORHC hockey, academics and community involvement. Oakville has many outstanding student athletes and this is the ORHC's opportunity to acknowledge and reward the best of the best.The scholarships were presented to the two outstanding young men at the ORHC"s Annual General Meeting. 

The first Scholarship Recipient was Iain Headrick. Iain played thirteen years in the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club. He started playing at the House League level. Iain was inspired by Sidney's Crosby's gold medal winning goal the the Vancouver Olympics and stepped up his game, playing rep hockey for the next four years. He developed a passion for rowing sports and competed at the national level in sprint canoe, kayak and war canoe. In order to balance sporting life and academic life, Iain played hockey at the House League level for the last four years. 
In addition to hockey and rowing, Iain's sporting activities include soccer, taekwondo, basketball, volleyball, rollerhockey, cross country running, and track and field. He has volunteered as a coach in the Oakville Rangers Tyke Division and at his canoe club. Plus, he volunteered at local charities and was a member of the school clubs including the Robotics team. Iain has also completed the gold level of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's award. 
Even with a very active community life, Iain maintained an average above 90 per cent at Oakville Trafalgar High School. Iain has accepted enrolment in the Mechanical Engineering program at Queens University this September.

The second Scholarship Recipient was Christopher Elliott. The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club is proud of players like Christopher and Iain that have played their entire minor hockey careers here in Oakville. Christopher is a great example of of hometown hockey development. He played at the A, AA and AAA levels. He has played in OMHA, OHF and Silver Stick Championships. 
Christopher also balanced his hockey life and academic life. He maintained an honours average at Oakville Trafalgar High School. He has volunteered for many community organizatins including the Kerr Street Mission, Oakville Little League, the Canadian Cancer Society, the FareShare Food Bank and the Oakville Blades. Christopher will be accepting enrolment in the Business Program at an Ontario University this September. 

Article submitted by Reggie Nasu, Scholarships Chair

John Verdon (ORHC President) Iain Headrick (Scholarship Recipient)
Reggie Nasu (Scholaship Chair)

John Verdon (ORHC President) Christopher Elliott (Scholarship Recipient)
Reggie Nasu (Scholaship Chair)


ORHC Scholarship Winners:
2017-18: Christopher Elliott and Iain Headrick
2016-17: Jaden Luik and Eli Hoy
2015-16: D'Arcy Murphy and Braden MacGregor
2014-15: Justin Menne and Braden Clarke
2013-14: Matthew Gwillam and Andrew Giles
2012-13: Kamil Tkaczuk and David Zilkey
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