2019/2020 Scholarship Winners, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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2019/2020 Scholarship Winners
Submitted By Cassy Goulart on Thursday, May 21, 2020
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, Eli Hoy, Christopher Elliot, Iain Headrick, Anthony de Rango, Phillip Shahviri and Joshua Newman.



This year, the two most deserving scholarship applicants were from current house league players and a third applicant received the President's Award.This year, thirteen applications were received and for the eighth 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 Cassy Goulart. The applications were evaluated on participation in 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 first scholarship was presented to Hayden Chan. He played for 11 years in the ORHC at the house league level. Hayden was not the biggest player but he made up for that with character and love of game. Through hockey, he made life long friendships, developed life skills and self-confidence. Coach Dave MacFarlane commended Hayden for his leadership, sportsmanship and commitment. Hayden attended Garth Webb Secondary School and had a 95% average in Grade 12. He was the captain of the cross country team and initiated the school curling team. Hayden's community involvement included volunteer positions at the hospital and the Halton Environmental Network. He has been a member of the Oakville Children's Choir for 8 years and served as a mentor to the younger choir. Hayden's future plans include attending an Ontario university in Knowledge Integration or Environmental Studies.

The second scholarship was presented to Jonathan Policelli. He played for 13 years in the ORHC at both the house league and rep levels. He was also a timekeeper for the ORHC for 7 years. Jonathan credits hockey for developing his work ethic, teamwork and discipline. He learned the importance of time management in order to excel at both academics and athletics. Jonathan attended Holy Trinity High School and received the award of excellence in each of his 4 years for achieving a 90%+ average. He also excelled in athletics, playing on sixteen school teams which included hockey, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee. Jonathan coached in the Oakville Soccer Club for two years at the U9 age group. At Holy Trinity, he volunteered to help out with the school's volleyball team. For the ORHC, he volunteered to help out at the rep tryouts. Jonathan plans to pursue post-secondary education in science or engineering at Queen's or Western.

For the second year, the ORHC presented the President's Award to an exceptional young man. This year's recipient was Nicholas Winslow. He played in the ORHC for 10 years at both the house league and rep levels. In addition to being a player, Nicholas was also an OMHA Level 2 coach and an OMHA certified referee.Nicholas attended Oakville Trafalgar High School and achieved an 80% average in Grade 12. Nicholas volunteered extensively in the ORHC accumulating 180 hours in the past 3 years. He was a coach in the ORHC for 4 seasons. At OT, he was involved on the student council, track, cross country and hockey teams, LINK crew, concert band and winds ensemble. He also volunteered on the Relay for Life committee. Nicholas plans to attend Queen's or Western in the commerce or engineering program.

ORHC Scholarship and President's Award Winners
2019-20: Hayden Chan and Jonathan Policelli. President’s Award: Nicholas Winslow
2018-19: Anthony de Rango and Phillip Shahviri. President's Award: Joshua Newman
2017-18: Christopher Elliott and Iain Headrick
2016-17: Eli Hoy and Jaden Luik
2015-16: D'Arcy Murphy and Braden MacGregor
2014-15: Justin Menne and Brendan Clarke
2013-14: Matthew Gwillam and Andrew Giles
2012-13: Kamil Tkaczuk and David Zilkey
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