Niagara Juel and Juel Prep players honoured
Members of the Niagara Juel and Juel Prep basketball teams succeeded on the court, the classroom and in the community this past season.
Four members of the Juel team and seven players on the Juel Prep squad were presented with Molten All-Academic Awards and Juel athlete Emily Campbell was recognized as an academic award winner and the recipient of the Athletica Elite Community Service Award.
The Molten awards are for players who balanced academics and sport during the 2019/20 school year. Nominees were submitted to Juel and the recipients were selected by Molten. The Athletica Elite award is for a player who has gone above and beyond in her community during 2019/20 and contributed positive work that has made a difference. Nominees were submitted to Juel and selected by Athletica Elite.
Campbell, a Grade 12 student at Centennial, received the academic award for posting a 90 per cent average at Centennial. She won the community service award for her volunteer work with No Limit Performance, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Days and the Welland Wizards soccer development camp.
With No Limit, Campbell implemented and lead a 10-week basketball skill development program for children from low-income areas. At Canadian Tire Jumpstart Days, she worked with a group of underprivileged children, leading them from game to game and providing them with instructions on how to play the games. With the Welland Wizards, she helped in two 10-week programs that provided instruction for goalkeepers ages eight to 12.
“It gave me an opportunity to learn how to be a leader, to take responsibility and plan and deliver a program,” Campbell wrote, about her experiences volunteering with No Limit Performance. “The program introduced kids to basketball, but hopefully inspired them to work hard, be a good teammate, encourage others and maybe one day to be a leader of a program like this for other kids.”
Other Niagara Juel players earning academic honours were: Meryem Alibegic, who had a 90.25 per cent average at Westlane; Calleigh Cunningham, who recorded a 95.5 per cent average at Holy Cross; and, Abigale Phillips, who had an impressive 98.2 per cent average at Notre Dame.
Niagara Juel players receiving academic honours were: Kaitlyn Brophy, who had a 97.25 per cent average at E.L. Crossley; Jordan Wilton, who recorded a 93.25 per cent average at E.L. Crossley; Anteja Cubelic, who earned a 93.25 per cent average at St. Francis; Bianca Sestili, who had a 92.75 per cent average at Denis Morris; Hannah Bourdon, who notched a 92.5 per cent average at Greater Fort Erie; Emma Hemphill, who earned a 91 per cent average at Holy Cross and, Saint Paul’s Emily Semark, who had a 91 per cent average.
The Niagara Juel and Joel Prep teams are part of the Pelham Panthers basketball organization. Both teams saw their seasons cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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