GPRC Wolves teach GPRC Summer Camps!

GPRC Wolves teach GPRC Summer Camps!

Fresh off the 2017-18 season where Wolves Athletics and GPRC hosted a very successful CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, we are so pleased that Megan Koch and McKenna Wolstenholme of the Women’s Volleyball team have committed to coaching Wolves Sports Camps this summer. We caught up with the women and asked them few questions.

Megan, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program wrapped up a very successful season winning the 2017-18 Wolves Athletics Female Athlete of the Year Award for her efforts, which include her selection to the ACAC Women’s North All-Conference Team, and CCAA Second Team All-Star nomination. Further to her athletic achievements Megan was also honoured as a CCAA Academic All Canadian.

What program of study are you in, and what is your goal after graduation?

–          I am entering the Teacher Education North Program in the fall and plan on becoming an elementary teacher after I graduate.

Why do you think kids camps are important?

–          Growing up I attended every camp that applied to my sport. I believe every opportunity you can take to better your skills will help develop you in the long run. Camps are a great way to stay active during the summer and make new friends and memories as well!

As the hardest worker on and off the court who enthusiastically supports the team and exhibits a winning attitude, McKenna, The Gary Kostiuk Memorial Volleyball Award recipient is no stranger to the Sport Camp landscape, having coached a number of camps last year.

According to Mackie Scholtes, Sport Camp Coordinator “McKenna is a great coach and the kids absolutely love her. She really gets them active through fun activities to help with their fundamental movement skills”

What program of study are you in, and what is your goal after graduation?

–          I just completed my second year and I am currently in Bachelor of Education. I am also eager to be accepted into the TEN program this following year to complete my full degree at GPRC. After graduation, I am planning to be a kindergarten to grade three teacher.

Why do you think kid’s camps are important?

–          To me they are important for kids to get out into their community and meet new friends while learning new games and activities. Kids camps are a fun environment where kids of all skill levels and ages can come together to enjoy being healthy and active.

 

What makes you passionate about your sport?

–          I am passionate about the sport of volleyball because I have always played sports and I enjoy the friendships made, the energy and hard work it takes to accomplish a skill. My passion for sports and coaching is recognized by my enthusiasm and work ethic to continue to develop our sport program at all levels at GPRC.

 

What was the highlight of your college playing career so far?

–          The highlight of my first two years would definitely be nationals! In my first year, we got the opportunity to travel to Victoria, BC to compete. In my second year, GPRC hosted nationals. This was unreal getting to play in front of all our family, friends, and classmates on home court.

 

Both women are instructing the multi-sport-climbing combination camp, and volleyball camp.

The Multi-sport-climbing combination camp is open for kids aged 7 – 9 and 10 – 14 years of age and combines a half day of Rock Climbing with a half day of Multi – sports. Half the day will be spent in the climbing gym, while the other half will be spent exploring a multitude of other sports. Each day will have a different focus, with sport specific skills, and game – play situations, making for an exciting learning environment. Basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton are just some of the sports you will play!

The Volleyball Camp is open to kids 9 – 14 years of age and is designed to teach fundamental skills through progressive drills, skill – based games and modified scrimmages in a fun camp atmosphere. Sportsmanship and a love of the game are key themes in all of our sports camps.

Learn more about our camps at gprc.me/summercamps

Welcome to the pack, Kelsey!

Welcome to the pack, Kelsey!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Kelsey McQuaig to the Women’s Basketball program.

Welcome to the pack, Kelsey!

The Charles Spencer High School Mavericks 2017-18 team captain, Kelsey, will add depth at point guard for us this fall. Her poise and maturity to see the floor and find teammates, even when pressured will be a big asset for us according to head coach Mandy Botham. Kelsey, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program, chose GPRC because of the academic offerings, and wanted to stay close to home. She also looks forward to playing at the college level and developing her skills as an athlete.

Welcome to the pack, Kelsey!

In Time

In Time

Winter. A season that is solely known when tiny transparent ice crystals in clouds stick together to become snowflakes. As winter is coming to an end, so are my days as a first-year college student. I painstakingly waited for the day when I would finish my final exams and end those sleepless nights of studying until my mind could no longer operate.

Summer. A season that reawakens the sleeping flowers from its deep slumber with the glory of the sun. The sheer thought that summer is just around the corner, gave me a sense of warmth and relaxation that eased my mind from my current situation. As I patiently await the moment where I would embrace the summer with open arms, an emotion that I have silently held and hid at the tiny corner of my heart is slowly re-emerging, warning me that the time is about to come.

Sadness. Sad about friends who are leaving. Sad about leaving these memories behind. Sad about short summers and wishing that time would be longer. The memories I have created in my first year are as vivid as if it occurred just yesterday, cherishing these fragmented images that our brain possess at the back of our mind. There will always be a first for everything, but as time goes by, these ‘firsts’ will slowly fade away and become strangers to us. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why I am feeling this sadness. The unwillingness to let go and the uncertainty of the future.

However, we as individuals shouldn’t delve in the past and force ourselves to live in limbo but face the future with our determined mind. Why should we live in fear and clutch and suffocate these memories? Why should we be afraid of the obscurity of the future? Maybe one of the answers to this enigma is that it is in our nature as humans that we are afraid of the unknown.

If I had to highlight a weakness about myself it would be that I focus too much on the past, blind to the present, and am afraid of the future. Time. Memories. This is what my life revolves around. Time that reflects my biological clock and when I will take my last breath, and memories that are broken down into the past and present. It could be in time, I could let go of my tight hold on these images and slowly let it breath. Bit by bit, allowing it to be a recollection of images in our mind that are no longer familiar to us.

Nonetheless, this does not make us lost in this world. Because in time, we would create new memories and certain memories would remain with us until we find the tranquility in our life.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Chelsea Doucet.

Upgrading towards a New Career at GPRC

Upgrading towards a New Career at GPRC

With this growing economy, new job opportunities, or just the need to have a better life and a stable career in the future, has make the desire to accelerate into a new adventure, and the drive to advance favorable. Taking this step sometimes means starting from the basic. One way in doing so is to start your studies in Academic Upgrading.

Benefits of Academic Upgrading

  1. Getting prerequisites done. Prerequisites are courses that you take that are required prior to starting the program of choice.
  2. Prepares you for future program. Upgrading gives you an opportunity to be in school and getting a feel of what college life is like; getting a feel of lecturing and the opportunity to explore different courses while working towards a specific career choice, or simply getting the basics done for different career opportunities.
  3. Forms friendships and long term relationships. Many students in our class will be heading for the same or similar career path. Starting off together and moving forward with the same people creates a platform for long term bonds and the opportunity to have a study buddy all the time.

Choosing GPRC for your school of choice is an excellent selection. GPRC provides the tools you need to get the job you want. Students can apply directly into the program of choice, or if you’re like me, starts off in Academic Upgrading and transition into a new venture. Whichever decisions you make that best suites you and your family, choosing GPRC is choosing success. GPRC provides great support system, lower tuition fees, fantastic teachers and a friendly environment to learn. GPRC provides a number of courses and programs that will position you for a well demanding career, moderate class sizes; for an opportunities to form friendships with your peers and to get that one and one time with your teachers.  GPRC is located in Grande Prairie where commute to and from school is stress-free, and also in a central area where job opportunities are endless and pays very well, so guaranteed placement at the end of the school year.

Overall, academic upgrading is one the biggest tools you will need in getting into the program of choice and landing your dream job. Upgrading make take a longer or shorter time to complete depending on where you’re at academically, or the program that you choose. Either way, this new adventure can be daunting to some, or just the feeling of “starting over” may hold you back. Remember the saying, “time waits on no man,” if you keep procrastinating and making excuses, time will pass anyways. Make use of your time productively and change your life for the better.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Shorna Cobourne

Welcome to the Pack, Noah!

Welcome to the Pack, Noah!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Noah Mohninger to the Men’s Soccer program.

Welcome to the Pack, Noah!

Head Coach Chris Morgan is delighted that Noah has chosen GPRC, and looks forward to coaching him again, saying that he has great energy and tremendous work ethic.

Hailing from Fort St. John, B.C., Noah has had back-to-back victories at Zones with North Peace Secondary School and chose GPRC because of his past coaching relationship and experience with Morgan. Noah is eager to play for Morgan again, and looks forward to developing his soccer skills.

Welcome to the Pack, Noah!