PICTOU – Keil MacDonald and Paytan Ruiz are Pictou Academy’s top athletes for 2015-16.
MacDonald was named male athlete of the year and Ruiz was named female athletes of the year on June 7 during Pictou Academy’s annual non-academic awards presentations in the school auditorium.
Both MacDonald and Ruiz were named most valuable players on their respective varsity soccer teams.
Guest speaker and PA graduate Amanda Hill praised how Academy students take on a wide variety of activities, contribute to the school’s legacy and how that helped shape her adult life.
“Not only is this school historic, as we celebrate Pictou Academy’s 200th anniversary this year, but it is unique,” she said. “I have learned there are few other places with such a strong sense of community and strong sense of pride.”
Other major awards included coach Donny English and athletes Amelia English and Josh Young who received Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation exemplary participation awards.
Amelia English also received a Ron O’Flaherty scholar-athlete award presented to a student in recognition of outstanding achievement in combining participation in school sport and academic excellence.
Daniela Sanchez Alva received the NSSAF international student’s medal.
Aran MacDonald earned the L.G. (Bud) White award presented annually in memory of the long-serving teacher and coach at Pictou Academy to a member of the boys or girls basketball team in recognition of their contribution to the life of the school and community.
Among other awards, Colton Sutherland was named the male soccer team’s most improved player, while Emma Ruiz and Kari Waller were named the female team’s most improved players.
Ethan MacCallum was named MVP and Stevie Brennan most improved player on the boys baseball team.
Peyton Briand and Erin MacMillan were named top badminton competitors.
Kaila Reid and Kenzie Reid shared the girls hockey teams MVP honours, while Megan MacCarthy was named the most improved player.
Amelia English was named top female curler and Tim Shea was named top male curler.
In basketball, Briand was named MVP and Emma Ruiz most improved on the female team, while Tyler Allen was named MVP and Cecil Thorne most improved on the male team.
Jenna Reid and Thea Waller shared girls softball team MVP honours, while Samara
Sheppard was named its most improved player.
Lauren Quann was named the top female cross-country runner, while Shea was named the top male runner.
Quann was named the top female track and field athlete, while Jake Temple was named top male athlete.
It was noted that Temple set a regional record in javelin, while 33 Academy athletes competed at the regional meet, about a quarter of the student body.
Brennan Gormley and Noah Joudrie were named top golfers.
Athletic awards were among those presented on June 7 during Pictou Academy’s annual non-academic awards presentations. Front row, from left: top female athlete Paytan Ruiz and top male athlete Keil MacDonald. Back left: coach Donny English and athletes Amelia English and Josh Young with their NSSAF exemplary participation awards and L.G. (Bud) White award winner Aran MacDonald. (Goodwin photo)