Athens DHS announces athletic award winners

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These Warriors are being recognized for their efforts on the court and on the field.


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Athens District High School announced its 2019-2020 athletic award recipients in a series of videos posted on its Facebook page.

Secondary schools in Ontario have been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Danielle DeJong is the recipient of the Howard Award for Leadership for 2019-2020.

The graduating Warrior “threw herself into sports” as soon as she began Grade 9, it was noted in the video. In addition to playing badminton and volleyball, DeJong attended volleyball club and helped coach the junior boys team this year, helping the junior girls when she could as well as volunteering to keep score and refereeing at intermediate tournaments.

Her natural teaching ability shone through; as a player, DeJong always wanted to improve and encouraged her teammates to do the same and to remain positive.

Junior Female Athlete of the Year is Hayley DeJong.

Andrew DeJong is this year’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

The Junior Female and Male Skills and Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2019-2020 are Charlotte Morrison and Eric Judson respectively.

Athens athletic awards for 2019-2020 included:


Senior Girls: MIP – Sydney Belanger; MVP – Danielle DeJong; Coach – Paige Leitch; Junior Girls: MIP – Alison Ferguson; MVP – Hayley DeJong; Coach – Brooklan Simpson;

Junior Boys: MIP – Noah Massey; MVP – Andrew DeJong; Coach – Eric Judson


Junior Girls: Coach – Jenna Giffin; MVP – Hayley DeJong; MIP – Charlotte Morrison;

Junior Boys: MVP – Andrew DeJong, Eric Judson; MIP: Brennan Harper; Coach – Noah Massey


MIP – Rachel Daley; Coach – Cody Blanchard; MVP – Shawn Ferguson.

Senior female and male athlete of the year awards for 2019-2020 are not being presented at Athens. The high school spring sports season was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Athletic award recipients are to be recognized at future events, it was indicated in the video.

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