Senior Tigers Athletic Awards 2021-22

What a year for YHS Athletics! 

After over a one-year ban on inter-school competitive sport due to COVID-19, the 2021-22 season was a return to almost normal. Some teams and some seasons were still impacted by provincial health orders and restrictions but for the most part, we were all thrilled to see a return to competitive sport. On Wednesday, June 8, we held our annual Athletics Year-End Celebration and Awards BBQ. Thank you to all our coaches whose time, dedication and energy make this all happen. Thank you and congratulations to all student-athletes.

Criteria: in the opinion of their coach(es) demonstrates the character, leadership and skills that contribute to team success that qualifies them as the most valuable teammate. Many will consider this as an MVP award but often a team has an individual who is not the most skilled player, the “all-star” or top point scorer but whose leadership and character, combined with their ability is the most valuable individual to the team (one per team).

Grade 8 Volleyball Team Breanne L.
Junior Volleyball Team Bella R.
Senior Volleyball Team Nolin L.
Swim Team Janice T.
Cross-Country Team Sophie F.
Junior Field Hockey Team no award due to limited season
Senior Field Hockey Team Rosi B.
Varsity Field Hockey Team Zoe F.
Grade 8 Basketball Team Zyra S.
Junior Basketball Team Lucy E.
Senior Basketball Team Mila U.
Ski Team Nicole W.
Snowboard Team Ruby W.
Varsity Soccer Team Avery R.
Senior Soccer Team Nicola H.
Badminton Team Luna L.
Junior Ultimate Team Diane Q.
Senior Ultimate Team Maddie Y.
Track & Field Madeleine W.
Tennis Team no award due to limited season
Mountain Bike Team no award due to limited season

CROSS-COUNTRY AND TRACK & FIELD AWARD is selected by their coaches and presented to a student who excelled in both sports during a single school year.

2021-22 Winner: Livy G. and Sophia V.

TIGERS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD: Presented to an athlete or a team and selected by coaches. This award does not need to be presented each year if there is not a deserving winner.
Criteria: For an outstanding single performance by an athlete or team at a highly competitive, championship-level event (individual student-athlete or team Grade 8-12). 

2021-22 Winner: Varsity Field Hockey Team at 2022 AA BC Championships

Criteria: One per grade. For outstanding participation, achievement in and overall commitment  to Athletics. Coaches nominate student athletes in each grade. If required, finalists are voted on by coaches.

  • Grade 8: Peyton C.
  • Grade 9: Allie C.
  • Grade 10: Madeleine W.
  • Grade 11: Jordan W.r
  • Grade 12: Nolin L. and Zoe F.

JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (one student-athlete selected from all Grades 8-10)
Criteria: For outstanding achievement, participation in and commitment to athletics (Grade 8-10). Emphasis on achievement and performance.

Winner: Sophia B. (Grade 9)

SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (one student-athlete selected from all Grades 11-12)
Criteria: For outstanding achievement, participation in and commitment to athletics (Grade 11-12). Emphasis on achievement and performance.

Winner: Mila U. (Grade 12)

BECKY WILLIS AWARD (one student selected from all Grades 8-12) 
Criteria: For demonstrating outstanding commitment, leadership, spirit, sportsmanship and a high level of participation in York House athletics. 

Winner: Maddie Y. (Grade 12)

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Employee Long Service Awards 2022

This year we honoured three teachers in the Senior School for their years of dedication to York House School: Alek Bester, Dawn Haylett, and Clint Robertson.

Alek Bester, Senior School PHE Teacher: 30 Years of Service
Alek Bester “Mr. B”, Senior School PHE Teacher, was recognized for his 30 years of service. He was the first male PHE teacher at YHS and, in his 30 years at YHS, he has made a tremendous contribution to the athletic development of so many Yorkies through both his teaching and his coaching. 

When students were asked to describe Mr. B, they shared the following words, “Kind, happy, caring, wise, supportive, energetic, and dedicated”. He has always encouraged students over the years to stay focused, believe in themselves, and remember that they are “smart cookies”. Mr. Bester has a heart of gold. 

Mr. B is the type of teacher that will always make others feel welcome. Many teachers have benefited from his mentorship and guidance. Throughout these years you have shown yourself to be a reflective, caring and dedicated teacher who continually seeks to be current. Your work in supporting students through the science of happiness has enabled many students to develop positive habits of mind and to instill in them an attitude of gratitude. 

Mr. Bester, we wish to thank you for your 30 years of outstanding service to the school. We are truly grateful for you.

Dawn Haylett, Music Teacher: 16 Years of Service
Ms. Haylett, who will be retiring at the end of this school year, has led Music and Band across the grades at YHS for 16 years. As an educator, she is passionate about students and about music. Whether she was teaching improv or music, Ms. Haylett’s focus has always been on creating more learning opportunities for developing and exploring the creative process. 

Through daily classes, hallway chats, musicals, ensembles, drama productions, music festivals, excursions around the world, and countless Celebrations of Community, she has met people where they are and inspired us to reach for what might be meaningful for our community.  

Flute players, bass players, and trumpet players shared: “Thank you for being an amazing teacher and you have taught us so much about music that we will never forget.”

Ms. Haylett has sparked joy, learning, and experimentation with people young and old through music, drama, theatre, and performance. 

On behalf of our community, we thank you. We wish you all the best for a well-deserved retirement! We expect and hope you’ll join in making music and community in the days, months, and years ahead.

Clint Robertson, Senior School Art Teacher: 21 Years of Service:
Senior School Art Teacher, Clint Robertson, was recognized this year for 21 years of service at York House School. Mr. Rob, as he is affectionately known, has done much to support the development of our many young artists at YHS, including working with students on their portfolios and ensuring that student work is beautifully displayed throughout the school. Prior to the pandemic he has run Art Week at the school in cooperation with other ISABC schools, has been the district coordinator for Fine Arts, led art trips to New York, and participated in many Outdoor Education activities. Even during the pandemic, Mr. Rob remained committed to ensuring that student artwork was displayed throughout the Underground Gallery. Thank you Mr. Rob for your passion for the arts and for helping our Yorkies develop their creative self-expression.