Kyle Chambers, Hagersville Secondary School
Karate has taken a special place in
Kyle’s life, and his achievements –
in both para karate and regular
divisions – are too extensive to list.
His competitive season as a
member of the Canadian National
Wado Kai Karate Team this year
has been a crowning achievement
for the Grade 12 student at
Hagersville. This past winter, Kyle
competed at the Canadian National
Karate Championships in Halifax,
winning a bronze medal. In April,
he competed at the Junior International Cup in Las Vegas, earning a gold medal for his Kata floor
routine, and a silver medal in Kumite, a type of sparring. Recently, at the U.S.A. Karate Open, Kyle
earned a gold medal for his Shindo routine, and a silver in Kata, just one point behind the
American champion. Despite these achievements, it’s Kyle’s attitude that he’s known for first; his
love of the sport and his positivity in the face of adversity is an inspiration. For that, he truly
embodies the spirit of karate, and has made Grand Erie proud.
Aleria McKay, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School
Carter Roung, Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational SchoolCarter is an elite-level golfer, taking up the game five years ago. In 2016, the Grade 9 student was accepted into the Junior Performance Team at Cambridge's Whistle Bear Golf Club. The following year, he finished third at the 2017 Optimist Kingsville Canadian Open. The finish qualified Carter for the 2018 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship, one of the largest junior golf tournaments in the world, taking place this July at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Carter attends Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School as part of the SOAR (Strength, Opportunity, Achievement, Results) program, where he is recognized for his perseverance and sense of responsibility.
Isaac Kragten, McKinnon Park Secondary School
Isaac is a highly accomplished actor and dancer who has appeared in a variety of television series and movies, including Anne of Green Gables, Odd Squad and Taken. Last year, the Grade 10 student won a 2017 Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for TVO’s Odd Squad, which airs internationally. Most recently, Isaac worked alongside Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro on a major motion picture called The War with Grandpa, which is set for release later this year. Isaac has made a positive impression on staff and students at McKinnon Park Secondary School thanks to his humility and integrity, as well as the respect he consistently demonstrates.
Allan St. Pierre, Tollgate Technological Skills Centre
Alexa Windle, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School
This summer, before entering Grade 9 at BCI, Alexa competed in the 2017 Legion National Youth Track and Field Championship in Brandon, Manitoba. She was one of the youngest competitors to qualify, and came home with a bronze in discus, a bronze in hammer, and fourth place in shotput. Provincially in her age group, she is ranked first in hammer and discus, second in shotput, and has been nominated Athletics Ontario Midget Thrower of the Year. Off the field, it’s her sense of responsibility, integrity, and humility that have also been a source of pride for the school community at BCI.
Ascension Harjo, Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School
Ascension was introduced to hoop dancing at a very young age through his family’s involvement in the traditional healing dance, and today the Grade 11 student at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School is an accomplished artist in his own right. This past summer, the spotlight was on Ascension as he performed at the Indigenous Games Opening Ceremony in front of athletics and delegates from across North America. From hoop dancing to shooting hoops, he also competed in basketball during the Games, and his talent, passion, and commitment to both pursuits sets him apart.