That honour former longtime KISH teachers, coaches
KENSINGTON – It’s an accomplishment to win a prestigious award that recognizes good old-fashioned hard work once, but to receive two is very special.
Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) senior Makayla Oatway has realized this accomplishment.
Oatway, Patrick Corcoran and Annie Tuplin were the recipients of two prestigious athletic awards at the school’s recent awards assemblies.
The John Bowness and Gerald Dixon achievement awards are presented to deserving senior and junior high students. Bowness, who served as athletic director for over 30 years, and Dixon are retired teachers and coaches at KISH.
“He (Bowness) is renowned for bringing many championship banners home to KISH for many years,” noted KISH athletic director Logan Roche. “His long hours and dedication to the world of sports is what prompted the Athletic Council to set up this award in his name.”
Meanwhile, Dixon taught at KISH for many years and was a dedicated basketball coach, especially at the midget level. Dixon played a big role in developing and preparing young players for the move to the senior ranks.
Dedication, enthusiasm and determination serve as criteria for both awards, and these were qualities Bowness and Dixon worked to instill in all their athletes.
“I was really excited. I can’t really say I expected it. It was really nice to be recognized.” Makayla Oatway
Corcoran and Tuplin received the awards presented in Dixon’s honour that go to a male and female midget basketball player.
Oatway, who was the most improved player in volleyball and received a P.E.I. School Athletic Association outstanding student-athlete certificate for Grade 12 students who play on at least two school teams and maintain an average of 85 per cent or higher, was presented with the Bowness award.
“I was really excited,” said Oatway. “I can’t really say I expected it. It was really nice to be recognized.”
Ironically, Oatway was the recipient of the Dixon award in Grade 9. Now a Grade 12 student, she will go on to study journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., and describes the conclusion of her high school career as bitter sweet.
“I don’t want it to end, but at the same time it’s time to move on,” said Oatway, 17. “You become so close to your grad class, and it is such a small school everyone is so close.”