GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Men’s Basketball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Men’s Basketball Team

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd has been steadily working to build his roster for the 2019-20 season.

He is pleased to announce the signing of the below recruits to the Men’s Basketball program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Tomislav Stojcic. Tomislav is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Tomislav Stojcic is joining the men’s basketball program this 2019-20 season. Hailing from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Tomislav is looking forward to joining the Wolves and learning from the experienced coaching staff and returning players.

Tomislav helped his team win at the Dover Bay Invitational this last season, and secured the title of Top Male Athlete in 2015. Enrolled in GPRC’s Kinesiology program, Tomislav said he chose GPRC because of the great selection of academic programs. He is excited to get started.

Head Coach Evan Lloyd is looking forward to having rookie Tomislav out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Tom is a great young addition to this year’s squad, he will provide some length and ability to space the floor for his teammates. We are all excited to have him on board.”

Welcome to the pack, Tomislav.

The Wolves kick off their season with their first game on November 1-2 vs. Concordia Thunder.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals here.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Noe Tchomo. Noe is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad from St. Albert, Alberta, Noe Tchomo is bringing a ton of great experience to the pack.

Most recently, over the last two years, Noe has played with the Ameba Starr Basketball Association in his hometown and brought home multiple tournament wins and achievements.

He is excited to join the wolf pack and start his post-secondary journey at GPRC where he will be studying Engineering. Noe is looking forward to playing his first year post-secondary and learning from the older guys both academically and out on the court.

Noe states, “I chosen GPRC because the campus was great and it was a good first step towards my academic career.”

Head Coach Evan Lloyd is looking forward to having rookie Noe out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Noe is an athletic guard that has the ability to create his own shot and generate some pressure on the defensive end. We are excited to bring him in and work with him going forward.”

Welcome to the pack, Noe.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Nathan Kurikilodil. Nathan is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

GPRC Wolves are excited to welcome Nathan Kurikilodil to the pack. Hailing from Edmonton, Nathan is bringing some excellent experience to the Wolves. Nathan helped his Junior Men’s team bring home Silver in Metro in 2017 and is looking forward to getting to play again on a tight-knit team.

“I chose GPRC in order to attain a variety of opportunities because of the wide range of programs available there,” said Nathan when asked why he picked Grande Prairie to continue his education. Nathan is planning on starting his Bachelor of Kinesiology/Education at GPRC.

He is most looking forward to developing his skills and learning more about the game of basketball from the experienced coaching staff and returning players. Nathan is also excited to play at a higher level of competition.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd is looking forward to watching Nathan develop on the court.

“We are excited to welcome Nathan to the team. He is a strong guard that has a quick release and who will provide depth and an eagerness to the team. Nathan is always willing to improve himself and help the people around him.”

Welcome to the pack, Nathan.

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Say hello to Bryce Hardisty-Phillips as we welcome him to the wolf pack.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Bryce Hardisty-Phillips. Bryce is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Bryce hails from High Prairie and will be joining the Wolves for the 2019-2020 season. He’s no stranger to the GPRC gym however taking home the Player of the Game title for the 2019 High School All-Star game hosted at the College in March.

Bryce also earned the multiple tournament MVP titles and the Leading Scorer title two years in a row for his high school team, the E.W. Pratt Chargers in 2018 and 2019.

He is excited to start his journey at GPRC in the Kinesiology program and continue to learn and build his skills on the court. When asked why he chose GPRC, Bryce stated, “I like the idea of a smaller school where everyone knows everyone and I can be closer to my family and friends.” Bryce states he’s already dedicated to “do whatever I can to help my team succeed” in this upcoming season.

Neil Barry, E.W. Pratt High School’s basketball coach said: “Bryce is a complete player on both ends of the floor and also is an extremely hard worker on and off the court.”

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd couldn’t agree more. “Bryce is a great addition to the Wolves squad he adds quickness, the ability to shoot and a willingness to learn and develop his game.”

Welcome to the pack, Bryce.

Next up, Say hello to Saxon Joyes as we welcome him to the wolf pack.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Saxon Joyes. Saxon is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Stony Plain recruit, Saxon Joyes has been added to the roster. Saxon is bringing a ton of experience to the pack and is known as an all-star by his teammates and coaches. Most recently, Saxon took home the title of Metro Edmonton All-Star in 2019 for the second year in a row. Before that, he achieved the Memorial Senior Basketball award in 2018.

He is excited to join the wolf pack and start his post-secondary journey at GPRC where he will be studying Business Administration with an interest in Financial Investment. Saxon is looking forward to lacing up in front of fans in the GPRC gym and continuing to improve his game every time he hits the court.

Saxon states, “I chose GPRC because of my great first impression of the campus, coaching staff and players.”

Head Coach Evan Lloyd is looking forward to having rookie Saxon out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Saxon is going to be an excellent addition to the team. He brings an eagerness to improve his game, an excellent work ethic and incredible competitiveness. We’re looking forward to welcoming Saxon to the team.”

Welcome to the pack, Saxon.

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte has been working hard to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of Beaumont recruit, Hayley Hall to the program.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Hayley Hall. Hayley is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad from Beaumont, Alberta, Hayley Hall is bringing a ton of experience to the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Bringing home a bronze medal at provincials with her team the Ponoka Warriors in 2017 and most recently, brought home a bronze medal at the Premier 3 tournament with her team, the Edmonton Nooks in 2019. Hayley digs deep and is a teammate who is always encouraging others on the court.

Getting ready to start her Bachelor of Social Work degree at GPRC, Hayley says she is most excited “to see what college volleyball looks like.” She is looking forward to continuing to improve her skills and work hard to gain more of a skill set under the direction of great coaching and mentorship under seasoned athletes.

“I was given an awesome opportunity to play volleyball at a collegiate level for a team that I am excited to learn from and grow with,” says Hayley when asked why she decided to continue her academic and athletic career at GPRC.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Hayley added to the roster this upcoming season.

“We are very excited to have Hayley on board. She is a physical, dynamic player with tremendous potential.”

Welcome to the pack, Hayley.

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Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte  is pleased to announce the signing of two new recruits to the program.  

Say hello to Halle Krall and Kari White as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Halle Krall. Halle is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad on the court this season is Halle Krall. Hailing from Peace River, Alberta, Halle is looking forward to repping the Wolves colours as she completes her Bachelor of Education – Elementary degree.

Halle is bringing some great experience to the squad after she secured a spot on the GPRC Wolves All-Star Volleyball team roster in 2017 and 2018. She also brought home Bronze this past season at Provincials.

Halle is excited to start this next chapter of her academic and athletic career.

“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home and has great academic programs with a smaller campus feel,” she said. “It also has great sport supports in place. I’m most excited to play with a new group of girls that have a lot of experience while I’m learning new skills.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to welcoming Halle to the pack.

“Halle is going to bring some excellent skill to our roster this season,” said LaMotte. “The entire squad is looking forward to welcoming her.”

Welcome to the pack, Halle.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Kari White. Kari is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local recruit, Kari White is joining the pack this upcoming volleyball season. Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Kari is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Bringing home the Provincial title in 2017 and a bronze Provincial medal in 2018. Kari also was named the 2018 All-Star at the Louis St. Laurent Tournament and brought home a bronze medal at her 2019 Premier 3.

Kari is excited to be joining the Wolves and start her Bachelor of Science degree at GPRC.

“I grew up watching Wolves volleyball games and the culture GPRC has is something that has always inspired me,” said Kari when asked why she chose GPRC. “Grande Prairie is a volleyball community and gives you a sense of belonging and togetherness as a player and a team.”

Kari is most excited about “being challenged by my talented teammates and the competition at the ACAC level.” She is looking forward to continuing to work hard and grow her potential.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is very pleased to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to recruit local talented athletes. We are looking forward to welcoming Kari to the squad and getting to grow together as a team.”

Welcome to the pack, Kari.

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GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball welcomes to new recruits on March 26.

Say hello to Lana Matthews and Heather Holtz as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Lana Matthews. Lana is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lana is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season. She has experience playing in the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, Beach Volleyball leagues in YEG and won gold at the AVA Premier 2 in 2018. Lana also won gold with her team in her last year of high school at Morinville Community High School.

Lana is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC.

“I chose GPRC because of the great sports community with excellent sport and academic supports,” she says. “Plus it’s cool that my high school team was also the Wolves, so it’s great to continue with the name. “Once a wolf, always a wolf.””

Lana is most looking forward to having a competitive year with strong players and good mentors during her upcoming rookie season with the Wolves.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Outside Hitter, Lana out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Lana is a dynamic attacker and an all around skilled passer, defender and server. We are excited to have her on-board. She has a very strong passion and relentless work ethic for the game of volleyball.”

Welcome to the pack, Lana.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Heather Holtz. Heather is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad as a hometown rookie, Grande Prairie Composite High School graduate Heather Holtz is excited to be a part of the exciting future of GPRC and the Wolves Volleyball program.

Heather is bringing some awesome experience to the Wolves including bringing home silver in 2018 when her team, the South Peace Volleyball Club (SPVC) Blizzards were named #2 in Division 2 in Canada. Placing again in 2019, Heather along with her SPVC teammates bought home bronze at the Alberta Premier 2 and were named third in the province.

Heather is looking forward to starting her post-secondary journey at GPRC while being able to play with new and experienced players. “I am excited to be on an ACAC level team and playing against other Colleges and Universities at a high level and intensity than I’ve ever played at before.”

Heather chose GPRC because “it’s close to home, so I can be with my family and since I am unsure of what future career path I want to take, I can take courses through the Open Studies program and see what interests me while playing volleyball.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is thrilled to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“Heather is an accomplished local athlete from the South Peace Volleyball Club who brings speed and a strong jumping ability to the court. She will be an asset as both an attacker and blocker in the middle position for the Wolves. We are very excited for Heather to join the pack.”

Welcome to the pack, Heather.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

GPRC Nursing Students on amazing journey in Ghana

Some of our Nursing students are having an amazing experience in Ghana in their final year of our collaborative degree program with the University of Alberta.

Christy Wuthrich, Jocelyn Wright and Nicole O’Flaherty are part of a group students who, along with instructor Corinne Rogers, who are sharing their experiences with photos and words with their fellow students.

Ghana Experience

We began this journey thinking about sacred stories that celebrate a sense of self, and the world which Crites (1971) explains are narrative in form. These sacred stories, Crites (1971)  states, lie too deep in the consciousness to be directly told, but are lived out as experience known as mundane stories. It is here that we began to acknowledge how our own mundane stories that guide us to make sense also clarify our own sense of the conscious world (Crites, 2007).  It is in here  that the stories we live by extend to mis-readings of the lives of others leading to moral thoughtlessness but when we allow the stories of others to work on us or get under our skin we are awakened to a moral call.  Thus, started our journey alongside mundane stories.

Crites, S. (1971). The narrative quality of experience. Journal of the American Academy   of         Religion, (39)3 291-311. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1461066

– Corinne Rogers

 

This picture is from the morning of our first clinical day while we hiked to a neighbouring village to do immunizations. My nerves were high as we set out, since I didn’t know what to expect in a culture and community so different from my own back in Canada. Yet on we went that morning, hiking into the unknown and out of our comfort zones.

That’s what it has felt like for our time here this far. Each day we are taking steps physically and emotionally towards being pushed to experience and learn. This growth isn’t always a comfortable feeling, as it makes me question myself as well as challenges me to look at the world through a new set of lenses. However, the local people here are so welcoming and kind, that they are making this transition an easier one. Plus, I couldn’t ask for a better team of Canadian nurses to share this experience with.

So even though at this moment I feel personally shaken, challenged  and unsure of so much, I’m excited to continue on this journey and the “hike” we are on, not only to learn about who I am as an individual but also who I am as a global citizen.

– Christy Wuthrich

 

Where to begin. I chose an image of me walking down a path to symbolize the new way of living I have discovered in Ghana.

When they say you’re traveling to find yourself, you don’t really know what they’re talking about until you experience it for yourself. We are a third of the way through our visit here and I feel I have experienced more uncomfortable, boundary-breaking things than I even knew I had.

I’ve been pushed mentally to accept the new and unknown, into the uncomfortable areas where you feel lost and need guidance. But despite all that, I am on the right path to discovering who I am at heart, the nurse I was called to be, and the human being that can look beyond their own borders and truly become a global citizen.

– Elizabeth Parry

 

The picture I have chosen is both a literal and metaphorical analogy for my experience so far. The culture in Ghana is fully immersed in, it is everywhere, from their traditional clothing to the red dirt, and even to the colour of their skin. As a Caucasian female, I notice my own colour in contrast to those around me, and how this makes me feel as a minority in this country, different.

I notice the admiration I have sometimes been given for the fairness of my skin and the blue of my eyes. An admiration I have done nothing to deserve. Young Ghanaian woman have told me “you are so beautiful; your skin is so beautiful.” I am quick to point out that their skin is beautiful to me, that brown eyes are my favourite eye colour, and that I love their hair.

I have never been so acutely aware of colour in my life, it is all around me and surrounds me.

-Laryssa Ubels

 

Ghana has been incomparable to anything I’ve experienced. Arriving to Ghana was full of excitement with diving into the unknown.

Trying new foods such as sugar cane, cocoa seed and plantain all entailed part of experiencing a new way of living. However, the unknown has also brought new emotions never felt before. Self-discovery, colonialism and privilege have all been brought to light by this uncharted territory.

I have decided to explore these emotions hand in hand with the impact they hold on my nursing practice. I continually explore the question of how these feelings can be understood within myself and with patients whom might be placed in similar vulnerable positions.

Preceptoring in Ghana has fostered a safe environment for emotional growth alongside eleven amazing peers, one mentor and the unparalleled Ghanaian people. A few short weeks has only allowed me to scratch the surface on the wonders of the unknown and what is to come.

– Danika Forester

 

Before arriving in Ghana, we were told a story about two individuals who formed a connection with one another despite not speaking the same language. I never truly understood how that was possible until I met the incredible children of Apemanim.

One afternoon we sat outside and played various card games with each other. Only two out of the group of children understood more than a few English words and I could only say a few sentences in Twi, yet for hours we sat together and socialized. We took the time to share our stories using hand gestures and charades, communicating with one another even though we didn’t even speak the same language. We exchanged expressions of confusion at first, followed by acceptance and joy.

My experience in Ghana thus far has taught me to appreciate the connection two individuals can have between each other. Even though we may not speak the same language, come from the same cultural backgrounds, or share the same beliefs, we’re all human.

– Emma

 

This experience thus far has taught me many things, including a unique and interesting culture as well as qualities I never knew about myself. It has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace feeling a little out of place.

For example, getting up to dance to Palm Wine music in front of a crowd, jumping on a tro-tro to catch a boat ride up Volta river or weighing babies on a scale hanging from a tree. The picture above is a highlight so far being in Ghana. It is a classroom we visited in Apemanim village full of brilliant and eager students. The visuals and tools around the classroom gave me an idea of what their activities were like and what a day at school looked like for the kids.

Almost a month has gone by, and it has felt like it has whipped right past. I am amazed at how much I have learned so far but even more amazed at how much more I need to learn.

– Shea Johnson

A picture that encapsulates my journey in Ghana thus far is this one. A picture that tells a story of curiosity, wonder, and acceptance. This picture was taken at the village of Apemanim and I chose this picture because it shows the curiosity that I have had and continue to have through this whole experience.

It shows the wonder of this world that I am in awe of, every day. It shows the acceptance that has been shown to us during our time here. Although we are only one third of the way through this experience, I have learned so much about myself, this beautiful culture and the people surrounding it.

I have cried, laughed, bonded, been pushed out of my comfort zone and created wonderful memories with the 12 other women on this journey. I have learned things about myself that I never knew were possible and I will be forever grateful for that. I will continue to be curious, wonder, and accept what the next portion of this crazy adventure has in store for me.

– Jessica Llewellyn

 

 

My home within a home just like the home I used to know

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know,

The kind that made my skin glow,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know,

The kind where every pebble is used to dribble,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know,

The kind where a “hiss” can be a kiss or a fist,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found a home,

The kind I have always known,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found another home,

Another home in between the Maple Leaf and the rivers at Lokoja.

I think I found a home,

Although it’s not the one I used to know.

– Chioma Obuekwe

 

Coming to Ghana I had an idea in my head of what this trip was going to be like. As with every expectation, I was not correct. I have no idea what the rest of the trip is going to have in store for me but as of right now, I feel this trip was as if I am in a big ball at the top of a hill.

The first month of classes was the building of that ball, the new perspective of the world around me, now that those classes are done, the ball it built with me in it, I am rolling full spread down the hill, getting just a glimpse of the lived experience of Ghanaians. These moments pass by in the blink of an eye but I would never change one thing about this experience because this time is shaping who I am going to be the rest of my life.

Never in my life have I ever been so conscious of the colour of my skin and the effect that being from Canada would have. These are moments, no matter how brief, where people are just people. Not locals, not obouroni. Just people.

These moments are where the most valuable learning experiences have come. This hill that I am rolling down is not smooth and my stomach has been in knots since everything has started but I work through to untangle these knots into meaningful experiences. These uncomfortable way people look at foreign skin. The way Canadians are seen to have the answers to problems and the money to solve them. The way my skin alone gives the perception that I am privileged and maybe I am privileged but how can just skin tell such a story.

These feelings will continue to knot up my stomach, however, the good in these feelings is near in the future, somewhere here in Ghana.

-Nicole O’Flaherty

 

The past month in Ghana has been an amazing journey. I’ve learned how to be resilient while stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ve met so many amazing people who’ve invited me into their culture, through food, dance, and stories. This is a picture of a little girl who greets us with hugs at the market outside of the hostel. Although we don’t speak the same language, we communicate through touch and laughter. I’m so grateful and privileged to be finishing my final semester of nursing in Ghana and can’t wait for next couple of months.

– Jocelyn Wright

The paths in this photo represent a journey; they do not necessarily represent my African experience specifically, but they represent an adventure.  I had an idea what some of the experiences would be like, but there were also so many surprises these past few weeks.

For example, I had no idea Ghana, or Africa for that matter, would have ‘normal’ malls with MAC and Pandora stores inside them. I figured that most of Africa would look like this photo.

Ghana further amazed me with its many small towns or villages that are bustling with small businesses at the roadside. It additionally has some stunning architectural building styles I have never seen before, of which are painted with bright colours and are quite unconventional in shape.

These revelations may seem small and unremarkable, but they truly stunned me; my expectations of this foreign place were profoundly and delightedly exceeded. I have come to realize that a low/moderate-income country like Ghana is not as desolate as I had imagined.

Therefore, this picture represents more than just a sunset with a view of paths through a field. This picture represents part of my journey, in which I have already learned to consider the flip side of my assumptions and to keep in mind that everyone’s perspective is both unique and undetermined. This picture represents the paths I have taken in life to discover my beliefs and values. This picture represents the paths I will take to discover who I am and where I want to be. This picture represents what my sense of adventure says about me.

– Samantha Gourley

One month has passed and it feels like we have been here for years and also like we only just got here. After living here for a month, something that never fails to amaze me is the openness and genuineness of the people who I encounter everyday. No matter where we are, whether it be on campus, the market or the village Apemanim we are greeted with a “hello” even if we are merely walking by one another.

I think about back at home, if I were to ask “how are you?” to every person that I was to walk by, why is it considered strange? Here in Ghana I’ve learned to not be afraid to open up and strike up a conversation with a stranger who I’ve just met and it’s one of the best lesson I’ve ever learned.

The sacred stories and advice that have been shared with me are what will make this adventure so memorable. In this photo is Nana, a 125- year-old woman who we were so lucky to have met in Apemanim. Looking into her eyes we could tell she had so much wisdom and life experiences to share.

She told us to stay humble, do not discriminate and always love one another and even though we did not speak the same language, her words reached my soul and I will carry her words with me for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to have met people like Nana in the one month of being here.

I’ll continue to strike up conversations with strangers not only while being here, but also at home in Canada because you’ll never know where that conversation will lead you.

– Veronica Perea

 

There’s still time for current nursing students to have this experience next year. Contact the Global Nursing Office at the University of Alberta at 780-492-5667 by Feb 22.

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: February 11, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: February 11, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Blake Hoogestraat from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Mckenna Wolstenholmefrom the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Blake Hoogestraat #4

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Education
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Spruce Grove, Alberta

Blake Hoogestraat is in his second season with the Wolves. He is a dynamic player who always gives 100% on everything he does both on the field and in the classroom. Blake practices as he plays, with great effort and attention to detail. He always has a willingness to support his teammates and brings a never-say-die attitude to the pitch. Blake is a valued member of the Wolves Soccer Program. Thank you Blake for your dedication to the Wolves.

Mckenna Wolstenholme #12

Program: 3rd Year, University Transfer Bachelor of Education
Position: Libero/Setter
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Mckenna Wolstenholme is an extremely hard working individual who takes great pride in her academic and athletic accomplishments. Mckenna was a recipient of the CCAA – ACSC National Scholar Award for the 2017-2018 season, and has the future goal of completing an Education degree. Mckenna is a talented and versatile athlete gifted with speed and a strong ability to read the game. She is a fierce competitor who does not hesitate to pursue a ball and be relentless on defense. Mckenna also brings a strong serving game and setting ability. She also gives back to young volleyball players by coaching at summer camps, and has been a coach with Wolves club for the past 3 seasons! Thank you Mckenna for your dedication to the Wolves.

Here’s to the Kids!

Here’s to the Kids!

Finding balance as a student and parent is a tough gig. For those who must balance work on top, it can be overwhelming to say the least. We often talk about the struggle of working-student-parents, but there’s a group that is often overlooked in this journey; the kids. Our kids are on the same journey we are, and while we all hope to build them a better future, in the meantime, they feel the effects of our hard work and dream chasing. So, here’s to the kids…

Photo submitted by Casey Caines.

To the babies who grow up being rocked to sleep with lullabies of Plato and Organic Chemistry.

To the kids who learned to fall asleep on the floors of the library during exam week.

To the children who never complained about cereal for dinner too many nights in a row.

To the little ones who are the first at daycare in the morning so their parents can go to school, and the last ones to leave at night so their parents can go to work.

To the toddlers who learned to walk down the corridors of an empty school.

To the kids who had to share their family time with textbooks and laptops.

And to all the children who missed a good morning and, also a goodnight, because when you are a working student, sometimes 24-hours just isn’t enough.

I know it can’t be easy being the child of a working, student, parent. One day, there will be more time, and less studying. There will be less cereal, and more suppers at the kitchen table. You will walk this path together, even when its difficult, because you need to finish, and they need to see you do it. So, here’s to the kids who will grow strong, resilient, and educated because their first example was their parents.

Submitted by GPRC Education Ambassador, Casey Caines.