Grant Legaree will end his career as an AHS Voyageur in select company: he is the sixth V to be named the Michael Smith Award winner.
The award recognizes one NorWOSSA athlete each year who combines excellence in sports with academic achievement and community service. Nathan Brown of AHS was the first ever winner of the award in 1990-91, and other past AHS winners include Legaree’s sister, the late Meredith Ivall (2008), Doug Coutts (2007), David Covello (2001), and Todd Duhamel (1995-96)
Teacher Ryan Bryk presented the award at the school’s annual Courage to Care assembly May 25, and called Legaree “an outstanding representative of our school in both athletics and academics”.
He has been a front line player on volleyball and basketball teams throughout his four years at the school, and helped lead the senior volleyball team to the NWOSSAA title and a berth at OFSAA this past season. He’s been a regular NorWOSSA and NWOSSAA Nordic ski medallist, and has made at least three trips to that sport’s OFSAA provincial event. And he’s been a badminton medallist.
Last year, he added brigade leader in Outers to his resume, and that took its toll, academically – his average fell to 98.2%, from the 98.4 % he’d recorded through grade 9 and 10.
“Those of you who know him know his drive and determination to be the best at everything he does will take him a long way in life,” said Bryk.
NOTE: This is a corrected version of a story that appeared in the May 30 Atikokan Progress. In that story, we had failed to list the first two AHS winners of the Michael Smith Award. A correction is scheduled to appear in the June 20 print edition.