GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Mandy Botham has been working to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of a new Grimshaw recruit to the program.
Say hello to Jeannie Borger as we welcome her to the pack.
Hailing from Grimshaw, Alberta, Jeannie represented the her high school, Grimshaw Public School this past basketball season with pride.
She is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC where she is interested in pursuing her Bachelor of Education.
“GPRC is close to home,” said the new rookie. “I am looking forward to being part of a solid team, meeting new people and have new opportunities both academically and athletically.”
Head Coach Mandy Botham is looking forward to having Forward, Jeannie out on the court in the upcoming season.
“I am pleased to add Class of 2019 forward Jeannie Borger to our roster for the upcoming season,” said Coach Botham. “Jeannie plays with a grit and tenacity that immediately boosts our rim protection. She is a versatile athlete who excels both in and outside the paint. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the team.”
Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Vanessa Belzile and Megan Koch as our current Athletes of the Week! We caught up with the women to find out a little more about them, off the court.
#14 Vanessa Belzile
Vanessa, who is in her rookie year with the Wolves is in the Early Learning and Child Care program at GPRC. In addition to competing in the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union Volleyball Championships in Florida, she is also a track and field athlete who garnered a 4th place finish in the 2017 Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association’s Track & Field Championships discus event.
Here’s what else she had to say:
Why did you choose GPRC?
It’s close to my family.
Few people know that?
I’m left handed.
What is your most memorable moment in sport?
What is your dream job?
To be a hairdresser.
What is your favourite part about playing volleyball?
Getting to play in different places and meeting new people.
What is something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t?
#1 Megan Koch
Megan, who is in her 3rd year with the Wolves is in the Bachelor of Educationprogram at GPRC. A major point scorer, with 122 kills and 209 total attacks this season, Megan is one of the leading outside hitters in the Conference.
Here’s what else she had to say:
Why did you choose GPRC?
I love the hometown atmosphere and small class sizes.
Winds of Change were in the air on Saturday, October 21, 2017, as we celebrated our 31st annual President’s Ball.
For the last three years, one of the most loved aspects of the President’s Ball is showcasing our amazing GPRC students.
Every year, before the glitz and the glam come to life, a call out is placed for instructors within the College to nominate students who shine!
Star Students are students that stand out and shine for a variety of reasons.
Our instructors nominate students for being academic stars; or an outstanding volunteer involved in the college community; or a person who has shown significant improvement or made outstanding effort during his or her time at the College.
This year, we were lucky enough to have seven extraordinary students join us and be recognized at the 2017 President’s Ball.
Now, the President’s Ball is a lot to take in.
It’s a night full of decadent dining, exciting auction packages, exceptional entertainment, an amazing raffle, stunning decor and the best company around in the city – oh and did we mention the sweet treats station? Our Star Student got to experience it all with their own personal table in the heart of the event.
We got to catch up with some of the Star Students after the magical evening to get their thoughts on their #PB2017 experience.
Check out what John, Jessica, Breanna and Alexis had to say!
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks for both the nomination and award of being named a Star Student. Getting an invite to the Presidents Ball was an unexpected perk!
The warm welcome and support, I as a recipient of the Star Student award, received at the Presidents Ball was second to none. The whole experience was amazing and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take part.”
To see why John was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.
We loved having John with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!
“Being chosen as a Star Student for the 2017 President’s Ball was an incredible honor. The President’s Ball was a wonderful representation of the hard work of the individuals that organized and put the event on, the GPRC students that volunteered their time, and the generous contributions and support of the community. Attending the event was memorable as I was able to create new friendships with the other Star Students from the various educational departments at GPRC. Through creating these friendships with the Star Students we were able to identify our collective gratitude and appreciation of GPRC and how the college has made a positive impact on our experience and development as students in our chosen profession.”
To see why Jessica was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.
We loved having Jessica with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!
2nd Year Music University Transfer
“I had a wonderful time at the President’s Ball. I met great people and had absolutely delicious food. The band was energetic and played a variety of music for all ages. The Sweets and Popcorn Booth was pretty good too.”
To see why Breanna was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.
We loved having Breanna with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!
2nd Year Business Administration
“The President’s Ball was absolutely breathtaking. From the table decor to the live auction, everything was so extravagant! It was a great testament to those who put in so many hours and so much hard work to make it happen. It was my first time attending and it was unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of before. Seeing all the support that goes into making our college as wonderful as it is was refreshing. It’s so awesome knowing the community loves it’s College as much as us students do!”
To see why Alexis was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.
We loved having Alexis with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!
The 2017 President’s Ball was a night to remember, and we’re so grateful to all the guests that were able to join us and make it such a special evening.
A huge thank you to all the sponsors, donors and guests who helped us raise funds in support of our students. Your generosity is helping GPRC move forward with ambitious plans that will have a vital impact in our region both in the short term and long into the future.
We are already looking forward to next year, and the amazing group of star students we’ll be recognizing at the 2018 President’s Ball. Although, we must say, our 2017 star students will be a tough act to follow.
Check out the photos from the 2017 President’s Ball here.