Sport P.E.I. to recognize student-athletes at school graduations

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Five graduating high school student-athletes will receive $1,000 scholarships from Sport P.E.I. at their upcoming graduations.

Ty Wright and Jessica Gillis of Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, Westisle’s Jack Perry and Alison MacEachern of Charlottetown Rural all earned their scholarship by demonstrating excellence both in the classroom and on the field of competition.

Emma MacLean of Kensington will be the recipient of the Earl F. Smith Memorial award for all-round sporting ability, academics and contribution to school and community.

The award is named after the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Famer, who excelled in numerous sports.

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

Her marks are in the high 90s, is a strong volunteer both in the community and at the school, and will study biology at Dalhousie this fall.

Athlete of the year

Wright, recently named Three Oaks male athlete of the year, has excelled in school volleyball and basketball, but it is on the rugby field where he has really stood out. He recently co-captained the Axemen to their fourth straight P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) Senior AAA Boys Rugby League championship.

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

Number of sports

Gillis, who was named Three Oaks female athlete of the year on Saturday, excels in a number of sports, including soccer, badminton, rugby and basketball.

 Gillis, who comes from a family of great athletes, scored the winning try for Three Oaks in the recent P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AAA Girls Rugby League championship game recently, and earned numerous accolades during the basketball season as the Axewomen claimed a silver medal.

Gillis maintains an average in the mid-90s.

Multi-sport athlete

Perry is another multi-sport athlete, has earned a black belt in Chito Ryu karate. He has been named an Athletics P.E.I. youth male athlete of the year for his performances in the field events, and has played a big part in the Westisle senior AAA volleyball team’s success in his time at the school.

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

Young swimmer

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

MacEachern has competed at two Canada Games, has 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. She is projected to have a very successful varsity career at the AUS level.

Organizations: Holland College, PEISAA, Senior AAA Boys Rugby League P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AAA Girls Rugby League

Geographic location: Summerside, Kensington, Acadia

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