Students recognized at extracurricular banquet

BARRY’S BAY – Dozens of students, staff and parents gathered inside the cafeteria at Madawaska Valley District High School on June 4 to honour the best of the best.

That afternoon, the annual extracurricular banquet was held. In years past, the school organized an athletics banquet, but it was recently decided to include all clubs within MVDHS as well.
The event kicked off with a more than 80 awards handed out, ranging from most improved player to most valuable player. Some of the clubs and sports that recognized their members include boys’ volleyball, drama, and golf.
At the end of the ceremony, a handful of students received prestigious awards.
The first was handed out by Principal Lauren Wilson. It was the Ambassador Award, which is given to a student for their athletic achievement outside of the school athletic program. This year, Wilson said the recipient is a “brilliant” figure skater, student and coach. She gave the award to Miranda Voldock.
Next up was the Wilmer Matthews Trophy Award, which honoured a student who has given their time, enthusiasm and effort to organize a variety of activities that appeal to a large proportion of the student body.
Germaine Parcher, the schools physical education teacher, presented the award to Curtis Neuman. Neuman is a member of the Students Activities Council, and is very “committed and focused,” Parcher said.
The school’s soon-to-be new principal, David Bishop, presented the Mark Medland Award to a team whose shared commitment has resulted in a successful season. To qualify for the honour, the team had to have won a county championship, demonstrated positive competitive play and good sportsmanship, and show commitment to a team goal.
This year’s recipient was the curling team who fulfilled all those requirements, Bishop said. The team consisted of Jeremy Kaufman, Caleigh Kaufman, Corey Shulist, and Hayley Mullin.
Story continues in the June 6 issue of The Valley Gazette.