2020 Award Winners

Molten Academic Award

JUEL

Tegan Reynolds
Kingston Impact
99.3%

Jordan Denkers
Hamilton Transway
98.25%

Abigale Phillips
Niagara JUEL
98.2%

Jessica Kerr
Kingston Impact
96.67%

Micah Tamminga
London Ramblers
96%

Ashley Rolo
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
95.5%

Reighan Dales
Windsor St. Clair
95.5%

Calleigh Cunningham
Niagara JUEL
95.5%

Peyton Marof
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
94.5%

Kelsey Talbot
Ottawa Elite
94%

Elise Plaschka
Kingston Impact
92.5%

Olivia Beausoleil
Simcoe Muskoka Royals
90.5%

Meryem Alibegic
Niagara JUEL
90.25%

Emily Campbell
Niagara JUEL
90%

TEAM
Kingston Impact
92.3%

JUEL PREP

Rebecca Luo
JUEL Academy
98%

Tia Pucci
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
97.5%

Kaitlyn Brophy
Niagara JUEL Prep
97.25%

Vienna Vercesi
NGBA
96.75%

Madison Brown
Tri-County Soldiers
96.25%

Kiera Spencer
London Ramblers
95.4%

Rachel Flewell
Tri-County Soldiers
95%

Vanessa Ougrinov
Etobicoke Thunder
95%

Hannah Belanger
Simcoe Muskoka Royals
94.75%

Emilie Ougrinov
Etobicoke Thunder
94%

Jenna Chateau
Etobicoke Thunder
94%

Jordan Wilton
Niagara JUEL Prep
93.75%

Anteja Cubelic
Niagara JUEL Prep
93.75%

Asia Sevilla
SBA Lady Blues
93%

Bianca Sestili
Niagara JUEL Prep
92.75%

Hannah Bourdon
Niagara JUEL Prep
92.5%

Raynne Malik
London Ramblers
92.25%

Brittyn Graves
SBA Lady Blues
92%

Hailey Franco DeRyck
Etobicoke Thunder
92%

Aicha Hassan-Omar
Ottawa Elite
91.78%

Gillian Cranstone
JUEL Academy
91.33%

Jocelyn Newby
Tri-County Soldiers
91%

Emma Hemphill
Niagara JUEL Prep
91%

Kennedy Sartor
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
91%

Emily Semark
Niagara JUEL Prep
91%

Ava Connelly
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
90.75%

Larissa Ruggiero
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
90%

Teighan Stoukas
London Ramblers
90%

TEAM
Hamilton Transway
90.85%

Mackenzie Curran Spirit Award

Emily Capretta
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets

Athletica Elite Community Service Award

Sammi Hernandez
London Ramblers Juel

As a graduating Student Sammi has accumulated over 400 hours of Community Services over the past 4 years. Many of the hours were executing daily practices and volunteering as an Assistant Coach at sports and church camps. As a LEAP (Leadership in Exercise & Athletics Program) student, she was granted time to fulfill meaningful activities within the Catholic Elementary Schools in London. Conducting fitness activities for students in and out of the classroom including multiple sports, gym classes and aiding with daily school curriculum such as art, math and reading. Sammi was a volunteer in creating the outdoor rinks for “Hockey Fest” at the Western Fair and convened a Girl’s High School hockey tournament. An ongoing dedication has been helping out in communities of people with disabilities (L’Arche London) where she helped with Walk-a-thons and using her musical background to hold Karaoke Fridays. ‘Bonjour Café’ is run by people with disabilities and Sammi has helped in preparing breakfasts and lunches helping to integrate people into society. Finally, during COVID-19 Sammi has been providing music and art lessons through Zoom meetings.

Tegan Reynolds
Kingston Impact Juel

Even with a demanding academic and athletic schedule, Tegan finds time to explore some of her other interests. She is a member of STEM, a Queens University ‘Girls Club’ focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She was a participant of the Beyond the Hurt program put on by the Red Cross empowering high school students to teach younger classes about bullying and strategies to better social interactions in their school. Tegan has also been a leader at La Salle. She has volunteered at the spring La Salle basketball sessions. She has been a grade 9 Day Leader each year, helping the new generation of Black Knights in their transition to high school. Tegan enjoys giving back.

Tia Pucci
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets Prep

Not only a strong student, Tia is heavily involved in her Community as a volunteer Coach at the Stoney Creek Basketball and Newman Youth Summer Sports Camps. She has volunteered with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival Trash/Recycling event. A member of the Organizing Committee for the Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School Pilgrimage Walk for Las Pajas and Rankin Rally Walk for Cancer, volunteered at the grade 8 Open House Science Department demonstration and is a Senior Girl’s basketball Ambassador. It was Tia’s intent, for her fourth lifetime donation, to cut her hair at the Rankin Rally to contribute to “Wigs for Kids”. She is strongly committed to this important Community venture that benefits the Niagara Health Care system Cancer Research initiative, particularly because her mother was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2018. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the event was cancelled this year.

Ashley Rolo
Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets Juel

While keeping up with her grades Ashley has also participated in several school events. “We Scare Hunger Event” where she distributed flyers throughout October to many homes and collected canned goods on Halloween night to help neighbour to neighbour families in need. “Walk With Christ” which raises money and awareness to improve living conditions around 3rd world poverty. The money goes toward projects in Haiti, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. The funds have been used to build homes, schools and orphanages, purchase medical and school supplies, and support infrastructure in the Developing South. “Peer Leadership Club” which is an exclusive club only at St. Thomas More that has been working to raise awareness about mental & physical health throughout the school, while also hosting different events to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation and McMaster Sick Kids Hospital.

Alexis Grewal
Mississauga Monarchs Juel

Alexis headed up a toy drive at her High School raising $3,000.00 along with boxes and boxes of toys. The toy drive was done in affiliation with the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation Miracle on Main Street event. She presented the idea to her Principal and once approved made up signs, conducted announcements, along with her team collected the toys and donations. The donations were spent purchasing toys at Canadian Tire. On November 28 at 6:45am Alexis and 8 team members loaded the toys and delivered them to the Miracle on Main Street event in Milton. The toys ultimately were delivered to McMaster Hospital TJS Foundation and handed to patients on December 12. Alexis says the best part was seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they received their toys. In fact, the project made up of roughly 80 hours was so fulfilling she plans on continuing every year as long as she can.

Sohpia Herrington
Hamilton Transway Juel

Sophia is on the Executive of her High School’s Athletic Council known as WAC. This year’s goals were centred around being more inclusive of the new grade 9 students and all new transfers from an inner-City School that had been intergraded. She panned weekly meetings that lead to selling School merchandise, organized buy-in for the girl’s soccer team, held a Spirit Week and volunteering for the ‘Marathon of Hope’. In addition, Sophia is a Student leader that played a role in 9 events including the Terry Fox Walk and a workshop for Westdale’s future Student Leaders. Above and beyond she has volunteered at Westdale’s “Best Buddies Program”, Assistant Coach with Dalewood Middle School senior Girl’s basketball team, Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Ronald MacDonald House associated with the McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Sydney Schemool
Mississauga Monarchs Prep

The past two summers, Sydney has volunteered at Four Points Basketball Camp; she is very passionate about basketball and wants to help kids become better players. Recently after hearing about the shortage of face masks she began helping the Michael Garrone Hospital make fabric face masks. She’s helped make 140 masks so far and is continuing to do since the pandemic started. Since there is no elastic available, she has been busy cutting strips of T-shirts for mask ties and also cutting fabrics. One hundred percent of the material is upcycled material from old T-shirts and bed sheets that she had at home so helping to reduce textile waste which is great for the environment.

Emily Campbell
Niagara JUEL

Leading basketball workouts for No Limit performance; 10-week program. Volunteering at Canadian Tire Jump Start as a team lead for underprivileged children at a day camp. Welland Wizards Development Camp training goalkeepers; 10-week program for 8-12 yr olds.

Laila Wright
SBA Juel

Living in a neighbourhood labeled as bad was challenging enough as a young child who was easily influenced by her surroundings. Way before she had the distraction of basketball her mother decided to throw her into every program in their community to stay busy as “the devil has work for idle hands”. A program Laila has become very fond of is Pebbles to Pearls. This program teaches youth in the neighbourhood how to better themselves and their community all while creating many long-lasting friendships. Service projects, food/clothing drives, and charity concerts were just some of the many things she was involved in to draw the community together and to better the living circumstances of others. The leaders of this program wanted the best for the youth in the community and taught them good values, they did not want what they’ve seen happen to other youth happen to them. Today Laila runs her own Pebbles to Pearls program in her community with 10 children where they meet every week and help them become a better version of themselves, while helping out their community. With her co-animator (what the leaders are called), they have completed 3 small service projects that all went back to their community centre to create a better meeting place for the community. Although they are young, they all have a burning desire to help others. In July it would be her first year of becoming an animator and she loves every minute of it. From the long nights of organizing the projects to the grin on the children’s faces as they gather the first cans of food for the project. It warms her heart seeing the kids blossom as they help others is her way of giving back to my community as they will have the next generation of pearls to polish the next pebbles. All in all, growing up wasn’t easy, but with programs like Pebbles to Pearls around for youth to go to and find supportive adults that believe in the power they have to change the world around them made the journey less lonely. Laila will never forget the lessons she learned from this program and other programs she has been a part of, and she hopes to pass on those lessons to the youth she mentors.

Alexandra Pino
Simcoe Muskoka Royals Prep

Alex’s Teddy Bear Drive – created invitations where her family, friends and community would donate new teddy bears, she would gather them then donate them to Gilda’s Club of Barrie and the Royals Victoria Hospital Children’s Ward during the holiday season. Donations were also made to the Barrie SPCA. Organized the Community Give-back Night where along with other teams they would collect winter clothing and hand the items out to those in need. A former winner of the Junior Citizen of the year (150 nominees – 12 winners), she was given her award at Queen’s Park in Toronto by Lieutenant Governor David Onley.

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