Hannah Stokes recognized for stellar career at Stephenville High

Dave Kearsey dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 4, 2014
Hannah Stokes is shown in this undated photo. — Star photo by Frank Gale

Success in a variety of disciplines as a member of the Stephenville High Spartans has brought even more accolades to Hannah Stokes.

Stokes, who will graduate from Stephenville High later this month, has been awarded the 2013-2014 Brother G. I. Moore Female Student-Athlete of the year.

The talented multi-sport athlete, who will play women’s varsity basketball with Acadia University in the fall, accepted her award at the School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador annual general meeting and awards banquet this past weekend at the Comfort Inn Airport in St. John’s.

“I’m honoured,” Stokes said Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s been some fantastic athletes who have won this award. I’m proud and I’ve worked hard for it.”

Stokes has been a dominant Spartan on the provincial school sports scene with a number of regional and provincial banners during her high-school sports career.

She was a member of four different championship teams and collected silver on four other occasions.

She has competed for her school in basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country skiing, athletics, slo-pitch softball and cross-country running.

Stokes says she has a different reason for enjoying each different sport she’s immersed herself in during her high school days.

She encourages all students to get the most out of their high school days, including some sport or physical activity they find fun and rewarding.

“Every sport offers different opportunities,” she said. “Everybody should be able to find their thing to do and what makes them happy. I found that sports were always an outlook for everything and playing just made me happy.”

Natalie Burt of Valmont Academy in King’s Point — who led her teams to four provincial championships this past year — and Victoria Healy, an athlete, coach and volunteer at Roncalli High in Avondale, were the runners-up for the award.

Miguel Dredge of Viking Trail Academy in Plum Point, considered the leader and backbone of the athletic program at his high school, got the nod as the provincial male student-athlete of the year.

Tiuri Lomond of Stephenville High and James Devoe of Belanger Memorial in Doyles, were the runners-up for the award.

The Coaching Service Award for the past year was presented to John Ping of Cloud River Academy.

Roger Jacobs of Indian River High in Springdale received the Honour Award.

The award recognizes contributions to the development of school sport programs from the grassroots to provincial levels.