During the 2018/2019 school year, the intermediate boys basketball team at Harry Hooge demonstrated exceptional qualities such as patience and understanding, on and off the court. Students on this team were determined to include all those who were wanting to participate.
The boys were adamant before the season started that they wanted to play in the competitive SD42 league. They were advocates for inclusion and wanted every member to have a chance to play and feel a part of the team.
The boys often spoke to their opposing team players and coaches before games requesting that the opposing team show the same amount of respect to all players. On the court, the boys set every player up for success and ensured that every teammate got a shot at the basket.
The boys ended up winning third place in a nail-biting game. They demonstrated perseverance and determination throughout the game, and the third-place win felt like a first-place win. As a majority of these boys are moving on to high school, we know that they will continue to show the same determination and willingness to include all those who choose to participate in competitive sports.
Congratulations and thank you to Tatain Hand, Oliver Mepham, Iverson Graveline, Mohnish Peshin, Max LeGreeley, Demetre Cherras, Owen Fernandes, Matthew Shanley, Sean Smith, Brodie Foulds, Omar Shehata, Jacob Jarnell and Aron Johnston.
About Leaders of Tomorrow
The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42) has teamed up with the Maple Ridge News to celebrate local students who are making a difference at school and in the community. Elementary and secondary students featured as Leaders of Tomorrow were picked by their principals for making positive achievements in academics, sports, arts and community involvement.
The list is just a sample of outstanding students in the school district selected by their school during the 2018/19 school year – there are many others who were equally deserving of recognition for their exemplary achievements both inside and outside the classroom. Every Tuesday throughout the school year, SD42 will profile a student selected as one of the 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow.