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Premier Panthers: Albert College doles out major athletic awards

By Paul Svoboda, The Intelligencer

From left: Fraser Moodey, Christina Pilgrim, Rama Younes and Boluwatife (Tife) Oyeniyi-Adebayo. (Submitted photo)

From left: Fraser Moodey, Christina Pilgrim, Rama Younes and Boluwatife (Tife) Oyeniyi-Adebayo. (Submitted photo)

Three local products and one international student took home the top athletic awards for the 2017-18 academic season at Albert College during recent ceremonies at the Belleville institution.

Athletic awards were doled out to outstanding Panthers during AC's 161st convocation ceremonies. Deemed to have made the most outstanding contributions to athletics during the past school year were Boluwatife (Tife) Oyeniyi-Adebayo from Lagos, Nigeria; Christina Pilgrim of Belleville; Rama Younes of Trenton; and Fraser Moodey of Carrying Place.

Tife Oyeniyi-Adebayo

Named AC's Outstanding Male Athlete, Oyeniyi-Adebayo received the prestigious Class of '49 Trophy. Albert College coach Brian Profit said Oyeniyi-Adebayo's athletic abilities and sports I.Q. set him apart from the field.

"I watched him play soccer this year and coached him in basketball and it was clear he was head-and-shoulders above all of the other players,” said Profit.

The Nigerian-born standout helped the U20 boys soccer team go undefeated last season and bring a provincial gold medal back to Albert. He graduates as an Ontario Scholar with an average of 80 per cent or higher in six Grade 12 subjects.

Destination: Commerce at Ryerson in Toronto.

Christina Pilgrim

AC's Outstanding Female Athlete receives the Class of '66 Trophy along with the Pete Beach Award for athletic and academic excellence. A 14-year veteran of Albert, Pilgrim received high praise from Panthers coach Thomas Crowhurst.

"Christina's work ethic, leadership and natural athletic abilities contribute to her athleticism, but her love for sport has led her to be a great athlete and teammate,” said Crowhurst. “She motivates those around her with a fun-loving approach. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”

An Ontario Scholar, Pilgrim excelled in Albert's highly-regarded Five A's — academics, arts, athletics, active citizenship and adventure. She also received the Howard Award for character, scholarship, leadership and recreation, plus the Rotary Club of Belleville's Service Above Self Award for displaying a strong sense of caring and for volunteer efforts.

Destination: Arts at Queen's in Kingston.

Rama Younes

Winning the Mary Jane Haskett McCullough Award for outstanding long-term contributions to AC athletics, Younes was also presented with the Day House Award for her strong contribution to school life.

Younes has attended Albert College since Grade 7.

Destination: Psychology at Concordia in Montreal.

Fraser Moodey

A student at Albert for 14 years, Moodey accepted the McIntyre Award for outstanding long-term contributions to athletics at the school.

He also received the prestigious Marsh Award for character, scholarship, leadership and recreation, plus the Governor General's Academic Medal for scoring the highest average in Grades 11-12. Moodey also won the MP Neil Ellis Citizenship Award.

Destination: Computing at Queen's in Kingston.



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