Okotoks Western Wheel
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015
By: Don Patterson
With graduation behind them and college ahead, some of best and brightest from Holy Trinity Academy’s class of 2015 came back one more time to honour their achievements.
The school handed out $48,950 worth of scholarships to the distinguished group of grads at its 2015 Scholarship and Awards evening on Oct. 8.
Bailey Diakow, winner of three awards, said the scholarships will be a big help as she now studies French and pursues an education degree at the University of Calgary.
“If you think about all the effort you’ve gone through to get them, it’s nice when you do,” she said.
Diakow said it was great to come back to the school to see her teachers and celebrate with her classmates.
For Emma Oldford, moving to Holy Trinity Academy for her Grade 12 year was proven the right move after she took home two scholarships last week.
She moved to the school from Notre Dame Collegiate in High River to be part of HTA’s band program. Oldford said it had a good reputation and she wanted to be a part of the program.
“I saw them perform at festivals and though they were excellent,” she said.
Oldford said the scholarships will come in handy as she attends SAIT, where she is taking petroleum engineering technology.
The two-hour ceremony recognized students for their academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments in a variety of areas. The recipients were: Christ the Redeemer employee’s children scholarship – Sarah Hoven and Courtney Wilcox
Sobeys Okotoks Scholarship for consistent effort, Grade 12 – Katie Gray
Holy Trinity Academy student council for consistent effort and achievement – Jake Rempel
Southland Transportation scholarship for consistent effort and achievement – Graeme Cherry
Southland Transportation, scholarship for inspirational effort – Andrew Horeczy
Sobeys Okotoks learning support scholarship of distinction – Saige Henning
Western Communities Foundation exceptional achievement and bursary award – Arnaud Nimenya
Kan and Linnet Segboer inspirational resilience award – Jenna Sales
Okotoks Eye Care scholarship for most improved – Starlyne Rivas Perez
Okotoks Physical Therapy scholarship for improvement – Branagh McDonald
St. James Catholic Women’s League scholarship for community service, citizenship and character – Bailey Diakow
Kinsmen Club of Okotoks scholarship for academic excellence and community involvement – Eve Obrigewitsch
Town of Okotoks Grade 12 service project scholarship – Madeline Sales and Jenna Sales
Okotoks Rotary Club community service scholarship – Tegan Donnelly
Royal Canadian Legion #291 Okotoks scholarship – Simon Leslie and Macaulay Scott
Royal Canadian Legion #78 Turner Valley scholarship – Tegan Donnelly and Krysta Nagel
Okotoks Lions Club Peter Hills memorial scholarship for community service – Jeffrey Gunnell
Okotoks Lions Club Frank Lomenda memorial scholarship for community service – Erin Murray
Alberta Heritage citizenship plaque (Premier’s citizenship award) – Tegan Donnelly
Holy Trinity Academy opportunity scholarship – Katie Gray, Jacob Braconnier, Chantelle Vant Erve, Dylan Wheeler and Nic Villarreal
St. James Catholic Church scholarship for character and virtue – Beau Diakow and Spencer Kiranas
St. James Knights of Columbus scholarship for character – Nic Villarreal
Zutz family foundation scholarship for compassion and kindness – Caroline Burns
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools faith, hope and love scholarship – Brionnae Marillier-Phillips, Chantelle Reeh, Jeffrey Plett, Brendan Dranchuk, Alexandra Owerko and Lucas Byl
Nicholas Beaulieu memorial scholarship – Thomas Warren
Vince Motta memorial scholarship – Jacob Elias, Courtney Dow, Aisha Lillywhite, Andrew Miciak and Aaron Espiritu
Sobeys Okotoks business administration scholarship – Lauren Bruce
Sobeys Okotoks business administration scholarship – Jeffrey Gunnell
Okotoks District Chamber of Commerce business administration scholarship – Spencer Kiranas
Scotia Bank and Alpine Drywall athletic/academic scholarship – Courtney Dow
Southridge Chrysler athletic/academic scholarship, female – Bailey Diakow
Southridge Chrysler athletic/academic scholarship, male – Nic Villarreal
John Ircandia Okotoks JDawgs athletic/academic scholarship – Dallas Forno
Tyler and Alex Conrad Memorial Scholarship – Jayce Oancia
Jazz band scholarship – Fraser Gibson and Colin Murphy
Holy Trinity Academy – Beau Diakow
Dr. Stephen Allen St. Gregory the Great music scholarship – Bailey Diakow, Emma Oldford, Juliane Deurbrouck and Fraser Gibson
Big Rock singers band scholarship – Jeffrey Plett, Macaulay Scott, Katie Meckelburg
St. James Knights of Columbus career and technology studies scholarship – Sarah McPhee and Laura Fournier
Mary Brammer memorial scholarship – Liam Peterson and Eve Obrigewitsch
Diakow award for instrumental excellence – Timber Gillis and Tegan Donnelly
Town of Okotoks scholarship for excellence in English 30-1 and Social 30-1 – Jonathan Huber
Holy Trinity Academy Scholarship for excellence in English 30-2 – Deicy Alcudia Marin and Brooklyn Elder
Okotoks Eye Care scholarship for excellence in science – Tara Endersby
Sheep River Health Trust Dr. Robert Haslam bursary – Jack Hayhurst
Wade Michael Kientz memorial scholarship for excellence in biology and chemistry – Jake Rempel and Macaulay Scott
Tanya Lomenda memorial scholarship for excellence in Biology 30 and Mathematics 30-1 – Tara Endersby
Shaun Stewart memorial scholarship for excellence in mathematics 30-1 – Jonathan Huber
Lonie St. Jean memorial scholarship in mathematics 30-1 and additional diploma subjects
Elks Lodge bursary for academic excellence, male – Steven Peters
Elks Lodge bursary for academic excellence, female – Emma Oldford
Okotoks and District Seniors Club – Timber Gillis
St. James Knights of Columbus academic scholarship – Lucas Byl and Aaron Espiritu
Dr. Stephen Allan salutorian scholarship – Jack Hayhurst
Dr. Stephen Allan valedictorian scholarship – Jonathan Huber
Governor General’s Academic Medal – Jonathan Huber