Brooke McCardle and Clyde Gonzales received special recognition at the Kinkora Regional High School (KRHS) Blazer Awards Blitz on Thursday.
The Grade 12 students were named the 2018-19 recipients of the School Spirit Awards, which are presented to a male and female, who promote fair play, dedication, leadership, positive attitude and contributions to the athletic program as a whole.
“I was surprised,” reacted Gonzales after receiving the award. “It makes me proud to represent my school.”
The 17-year-old son of Irene and Brando Gonzales of Borden-Carleton competed in soccer and basketball in his senior year.
“All teams need positive leaders, on and off the field,” said Trent Ranahan, the athletic director at KRHS. “By having the combination of skill and great leadership characteristics, Clyde excels in everything he does. . .
“He always played his heart out and always put his team first. His dedication to athletics has had a resounding impact at KRHS.”
Gonzales plans to study electrical at Holland College.
This season, McCardle represented KRHS in volleyball, cross-country, hockey, powerlifting and track and field – long jump, triple jump, 200 metres.
“I’m happy I got (the award) because I put so much effort into my athletics,” said the 18-year-old daughter of Lisa and Chris McCardle of Kinkora. “I’m very proud to live in a small community and do so well in sports.”
Ranahan said McCardle, who will study sciences at UPEI, “has blossomed into a true leader” during her four years at KRHS.
“She was very dedicated to the sports she was involved in and her positive energy will be certainly missed,” Ranahan continued. “Brooke was the student that singlehandedly started up the PEISAA powerlifting team.
“Not only is this young lady a great leader within athletics, but she is also a leader in various groups within the school and community.”