Student-athletes receiving scholarships from Sport P.E.I.

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Sport P.E.I. has recognized five graduating high school students with $1,000 scholarships.

Three Oaks students Ty Wright and Jessica Gillis, Westisle’s Jack Perry, and Charlottetown Rural’s Alison MacEachern all earned their scholarship by demonstrating excellence both in the classroom and on the field of competition. Kensington Intermediate Senior High’s Emma MacLean was recognized by winning the Earl F. Smith Memorial Award for all-round sporting ability, academics and contribution to school and community.

Wright, recently named Three Oaks male athlete of the year, excelled at volleyball and basketball, but it was on the rugby field the Summerside resident really stood out, recently co-captaining the team to its fourth straight school championship.

A student with an average in the 90s, Wright was named rugby most valuable player, volleyball most improved, and basketball’s breakout player of the year. He will continue playing rugby while attending Acadia University.

Gillis won the female athlete of the year award. The basketball standout excels in a number of sports, including soccer, badminton, rugby and basketball. She is going to Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L.

Gillis, who comes from a family of great athletes, scored the winning try for Three Oaks in the high school rugby final, and earned numerous accolades during the basketball season as Three Oaks won a silver medal. She maintains an average in the mid-90s.

Perry is a multi-sport athlete who has earned a black belt in Chito Ryu karate, was named an Athletics P.E.I. youth male athlete of the year for his performances in field events, and has played a big part in the Westisle volleyball team’s successes.

A strong community minded-person, Perry has been a team-leader and mentor at the school, and will transfer his volleyball skills to Holland College this fall while studying business administration.

MacEachern has been one of the Island’s best young swimmers for a number of years, and the captain of the Bluephins team will be hoping to make a splash at Acadia in the fall where she will study kinesiology.

MacEachern has competed at two Canada Games, broken more than 50 provincial records, was the first Bluephin swimmer to make an A final at the Eastern Canadians and has been a three-time Atlantic all-star.  

MacLean was recently named the KISH female athlete of the year for a second time, having competed in five sports while being named MVP in volleyball and basketball.

Her marks are in the high 90s and she is a strong volunteer both in the community and at the school. The Kensington resident will study biology at Dalhousie this fall. The Earl F. Smith Award is named after the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Famer who excelled in numerous sports.

Organizations: Holland College

Geographic location: Summerside, Kensington

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