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Highlander Athletic Awards

 

At the conclusion of each year, the athletic department recognizes both the team successes and individual accomplishments of our Highlanders.  It is a celebration of committment, attitude, service and excellence in sport. The criteria for the awards that are given out have been determined by the Athletic Council which consists of coaches, administration, PAC representatives and our Athletic Directors.  The nominations are made by our coaches. The final recipients are decided upon by all of our coaches in a Council meeting, and overseen by the Athletic Directors. 

 
Pin/Medallion/Block Awards
This category of awards is presented to student-athletes for participation in a number of sports over the course of their school careers.  To receive an athletic point an athlete must be a member of a school team and fulfill all team commitments over the course of the season.  The awarding of an athletic point to a student athlete is at the discretion of the coach.  An athlete may attain a maximum of one point per season of play.
 

Athletic Pin = 3 points
Small Block = 6 points
Bronze Medallion = 8 points
Silver Medallion = 9 points
Gold Medallion = 11 points
Big Block = 12 points

 
Scholar Athlete Award
The WVSS Athletic Program values not only athletic participation and accomplishment but also the academic commitments of our student athletes.  As such we recognize those student athletes who have exceptional athletic participation combined with excellent academic achievements.  To be recognized as a Scholar Athlete a student-athlete must be in grade 10, 11 or 12, compete in a minimum of two seasons of play and maintain an 80% average in both terms 1 and 2. 
 
Athletic Service Awards
This category of awards is reserved for coaches to nominate students that they feel have made invaluable contributions to our athletic program.  This could be in the area of officiating, managing, or coaching to name a few examples.  The recipients of these awards do not have to be athletes they are individuals without whom our athletic program would be lacking. 
 
Unsung Athletic Heroes
This category of awards is presented to grade 12 athletes that are outstanding team members that often go unheralded. Past winners have all been leaders in our athletic programs that do not get recognized for major awards.
 
Inspirational Athlete of the Year
Awarded at both the Junior and Senior levels, these athletes epitomize what it means to be a 'Highlander',  These athletes often have overcome obstacles and demonstrated resilience, are leaders within their sport and community, and/or have earned the respect of their teammates and coaches through their consistent attitude and efforts.  This award is a significant honour for any Highlander.  
 
Outstanding Athlete Awards
The athletic department presents Outstanding Athlete of the Year Awards at the Junior (grade 8/9/10) and Senior (grade 11/12) levels for both males and females.  These athletes are recognized for an exceptional accomplishment or performance in one sport. 
 
Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Senior Male Athlete of the Year
Senior Female Athlete of the Year
 
Athlete of the Year Awards
Coaches in the West Van Athletics Department nominate student athletes for Athlete of the Year for athletic excellence, citizenship, committment and attitude. At the grade 8, 9 and 10 level student athletes must have competed in all three seasons of play, while at grade 11 and 12 student athletes must compete in at least two seasons of play.  These athletes best represent what it means to be a Highlander Student-Athlete. 
 
Grade Eight Athlete of the Year - Male and Female
Grade Nine Athlete of the Year - Male and Female
Grade Ten Athlete of the Year - Male and Female
Grade Eleven Athlete of the Year - Male and Female
Grade Twelve Athlete of the Year - Male and Female
 
 
Beddow Award - Highlander Athlete of the Year
 
THE BEDDOW AWARD IS OUR MOST
SIGNIFICANT AWARD. IT IS THE RECOGNITION OF
OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC ABILITY AND ACHIEVEMENT ALONG
WITH AN OUTSTANDING ATTITUDE AND COMMITMENT TO
SPORT THROUGHOUT AN ATHLTE'S HIGHSCHOOL CAREER. THE BEDDOW AWARD IS TRULY PRESTIGIOUS, AND
EMBODIES ALL THAT IS BEST IN HIGHLANDER ATHLETICS.
PREVIOUS WINNERS HAVE OFTEN GONE ON TO
OUTSTANDING COLLEGE AND UNIVERISTY CAREERS BOTH
ATHLETICALLY AND ACADEMICALLY.  THIS AWARD GOES TO A GRADUATING HIGHLANDERS STUDENT-ATHLETE.