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OSS celebrates its top student athletes (6 photos)

Athletic banquet was a 'great way to wrap up the first full year of sports since the start of the pandemic,' said OSS athletic director

Tthe Orillia Secondary School Nighthawks recently held their annual athletic banquet to celebrate students' athletic achievements for the 2021-2022 season.

It was the first in-person banquet in three years and the first for many OSS athletes. The event was held in the OSS cafeteria and attended by approximately 175 athletes, coaches, and administrators.

It was an outstanding evening with many athletes recognized for their successes this past year. OSS students Jessie Buck and Harrison Storey served as co-emcees of the event, which also featured a video montage of all the award winners contributed by coaches and put together by Ben Wylie.

Team award winners were presented with Nighthawks athletic shirts to commemorate their accomplishments. All attendees were treated to a delicious dinner catered by Theo's Eatery, followed by an amazing dessert table prepared by Erin Shami’s food classes.

Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the outstanding team award to the girls' slo pitch team which posted a perfect 10-0 season. This included winning the SCAA championship with a 14-3 victory over Eastview of Barrie and following that up with a convincing 16-1 victory in the GBSSA championship over St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School.

Major awards were also presented for outstanding individual athletic accomplishments, leadership, and character. Major award winners for this year were:

  • Ben Sweet (mountain biking) - OSS Athletic Performance Award
  • Madelaine Young and Emily Moore - OSS Athletic Character Award
  • Rhiannon Monague - Future Legends of OSS Award
  • Anna Glass and Jessie Buck - Legends of OSS Award

The event would not have been possible without the contributions of numerous staff members and students.

"It was a great way to wrap up the first full year of sports since the start of the pandemic, and both coaches and athletes are excited for what next year will bring," said Karmi Shami, the athletic director at OSS.