Sport PEI announces 2014 scholarship winners


Student Athletes Recognized by Sport PEI
Five graduating high school student athletes have been recognized by Sport PEI with $1,000 scholarships as they prepare for higher education.
Three Oaks students Ty Wright and Jessica Gillis, Westisle’s Jack Perry, and Charlottetown Rural’s Alison MacEachern all earned their scholarship by demonstrating excellence both in the classroom and on the field of competition. Kensington’s Emma MacLean was also recognized by winning the F. Earl Smith Memorial Award for all-round sporting ability, academics, and contribution to school and community.
Summerside’s Ty Wright, recently named Three Oaks Male Athlete of the Year, has excelled at volleyball and basketball while at the school, but it is on the rugby field where he has really stood out, recently co-captaining the team to its fourth straight schools championship.
A student with an average in the 90s, Ty was named rugby most valuable player, volleyball most improved, and basketball’s breakout player of the year, and will continue his rugby while attending Acadia University.
Wright’s schoolmate Jessica Gillis won the TOSH female athlete of the year award, and the basketball standout excels in a number of sports including soccer, badminton, rugby, and basketball, at which she is destined to have a great varsity career at Memorial University.
Jessica, who comes from a family of great athletes, scored the winning try for TOSH as they recently won the high school rugby title, and earned numerous accolades during the basketball season as TOSH won a silver medal. She maintains an average in the mid-90s.
Westisle’s Jack Perry is another multi-sport athlete who has earned a black belt in Chito Ryu karate, has been named an Athletics PEI Youth Male Athlete of the Year for  his performances in the field events, and has played a big part in the Westisle volleyball team’s successes in his time at the school.
A strong community minded-person, Jack has been a team-leader and mentor throughout his time at the school, and will transfer his volleyball skills to Holland College this fall while he studies Business Administration.
Charlottetown Rural’s Alison MacEachern has been one of the Island’s best young swimmers for a number of years, and the captain of the Bluephins team will be hoping to make a splash at Acadia in the fall where she will study kinesiology.
Alison has competed at two Canada Games, has broken more than 50 provincial records, was the first Bluephin swimmer to make an A final at the Eastern Canadians, and has been a three-time Atlantic all-star. She is projected to have a very successful varsity career at the AUS level.
The Earl F. Smith Award, named after the PEI Sports Hall of Famer who excelled in numerous sports, will be presented to Emma MacLean of Kensington.
Emma was recently named the KISH Female Athlete of the Year for a second time, having competed in five sports while being named MVP in volleyball and basketball. Her marks are in the high 90s, is a strong volunteer both in the community and at the school, and will study biology at Dalhousie this fall.