Reid, Luke MacDonald Academy’s top athletes


PICTOU – Jenna Reid and Luke MacDonald were among major award recipients on June 10 during Pictou Academy’s annual non-academic awards presentations.

Reid received the Thistle Cup as female athlete of the year, while MacDonald was presented with the Cambridge Cup as male athlete of the year. Dr. Margo Watt donated the trophies in memory of 2007 Noah Franklyn Russell.

Reid received the Ron O’Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award that recognizes outstanding achievement by a student in combining participation in school sport with academic excellence.

She was named the school’s most valuable player in girls’ softball and top track and field athlete, while MacDonald was named top male track and field athlete.

Kari Waller also received major awards that included the L. G. Bud White Memorial Award presented annually to members of the boys’ or girls’ basketball teams “in recognition of the contribution to the life of the school and community.”

Waller was girls’ soccer MVP, as well as the girls’ hockey most improved player.

She was also the female recipient of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s exemplary participation award, while Kyle McDowell was the male recipient.

McDowell was the baseball team’s most improved player, while Ethan Smith was the team’s MVP.

Coach David MacDonald received the federation’s outstanding service award.

Among other awards, Kelli MacDonald was the girls’ basketball team and badminton MVP and the girls’ softball team’s most improved player. Myla Briand and Abby Munroe were named the most improved badminton players, while Jenna MacLeod was named the girls’ basketball team’s most improved player.

Kenzie Ells was the girls’ hockey team’s MVP, Beyonce Gibbons was the girls’ soccer team’s most improved player and Rachael van Veen was named top female curler.

Lucas MacDonald was named the cross country team’s top male runner and Taylor Toole was named the team’s top female runner.

Front row, from left: top male athlete Luke MacDonald, top female athlete, female softball MVP and Ron O’Flaherty award recipient Jenna Reid and David MacDonald with his coaching service award. Back row: exemplary female athlete and girls’ soccer MVP Kari Waller, girls’ hockey MVP Kenzie Ells, girls’ basketball and badminton MVP Kelli MacDonald and curling MVP Rachael van Veen. Absent are exemplary male athlete Kyle McDowell boys baseball MVP Ethan Smith. (Goodwin photo)