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F.P. Walshe names outstanding students

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Recipients of the Danny Van Wyk Memorial Award as outstanding students at F.P. Walshe school, from left: William Lam, Kayla Trotter, Jane O’Connor and Sarah Gregory.

F.P. Walshe school honoured four outstanding students June 4 during Blue and White Night.
William Lam, Sarah Gregory, Jane O’Connor and Kayla Trotter shared the Danny Van Wyk Memorial Award.
“The Danny Van Wyk Award is the highest recognition a student can receive at F.P. Walshe school,” master of ceremonies Craig Patton said.
The award for outstanding students was named for Danny Van Wyk after he was killed in 1975 in a car accident.
The Danny Van Wyk Memorial Award recognizes all-around individuals for their pleasant personalities, outstanding moral character, compassion and involvement in school life.
Van Wyk served on student council and played basketball for his school team, and was also noted for his compassion toward fellow students.
William Lam
William Lam is a student who is actively involved in life at F.P. Walshe school.
“I can absolutely count on William, any time I need help with anything,” Patton said. “He is always willing to help.”
Lam in previous years competed in volleyball, basketball and badminton at F.P. Walshe school, and also officiated those sports, but in his Grade 12 year turned to coaching.
“He felt that coaching was his calling,” Patton said.
Lam was a coach of the Grade 7-8 boys volleyball team and junior and senior high badminton.
“He is responsible,” Patton said. “He took over at a zone venue when most adults wouldn’t be able to do that.”
Lam, who also served on the F.P. Walshe grad council, has maintained an average of more than 90 per cent.
That strong academic performance earned Lam entry into a prestigious business program at the University of Waterloo in Kingston, Ont.
“A very few number of students have been accepted into this program,” Patton noted.
Sarah Gregory
Sarah Gregory impressed staff and students at F.P. Walshe school for her involvement in school life and compassion toward others.
“Sarah is a very pleasant and caring young lady,” Patton said. “Sarah has faced her own health challenges over her years at F.P. Walshe and she has developed a compassion and understanding for the younger students of our school and it shows every day in the halls.”
“Her smile just warms everybody’s hearts.”
Gregory was a member of the prom and We Day committees and grad council, and played basketball and rugby.
Jane O’Connor
Jane O’Connor excelled in athletics and as a leader at F.P. Walshe school.
“Jane is a very caring and compassionate young lady,” Patton said. “Jane is a friend to all.”
O’Connor earned the Order of Walshe as a member of student council and served on the prom and We Day committees.
The Van Wyk award was the second major honour of the evening for O’Connor, who also received the Danny Paskal Memorial Athletic Award.
O’Connor played basketball and rugby for her high school teams, and also ran track and cross country, being named most valuable runner.
O’Connor, who helped the Flyers win the provincial high school girls rugby championship and was a league all-star at flanker, has represented Rugby Alberta at both the U17 and U19 levels.
O’Connor is also F.P. Walshe school’s nominee for the Lloyd Cavers Student Leadership Award, along with other Grade 12 students from the five other high schools in Livingstone Range School Division.
“She is an outstanding girl,” Patton said.
Kayla Trotter
The Van Wyk award was the second major award of the night for Trotter, who also received the Wes Olmstead Leadership Award at Blue and White Night.
“Kayla is the voice of F.P. Walshe,” Patton said. “And the driving force behind our student council.”
Trotter was student council president in 2012-’13 and was named to the Order of Walshe.
Trotter was also a member of the prom and We Day committees, as well as the F.P. Walshe Rodeo Club, through which she qualified for provincials as a team roper.
“Kayla absolutely loves F.P. Walshe and is very passionate about wanting to make her school the greatest place to be,” Patton said.