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High School Featured Athlete – June 2019

June 4, 2019

Brandon School Division recognizes student‐athletes from each our three high schools for demonstrating outstanding character and leadership in athletics and community involvement.  Each month, one student from each of our high schools is selected as a Featured Brandon School Division Athlete.  

Please join us in recognizing the following students:

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Vanya Sloane
Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School 

Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School is pleased to name Grade 11 student, Vanya Sloane, as their High School Featured Athlete. 

Vanya has helped to lead the Crocus Plains boys' soccer team to a 5th consecutive city championship and second place finish in the Challenge Cup in Kenora.  Since joining the team last year, Vanya has been an important player for the team, improving each time on the pitch.  Vanya also finds time to play on the Crocus Plains varsity boys' basketball team. 

Coach's Quote: "Vanya always gives a full effort whenever he is on the field.  Eager to grow as a player, he is an extremely coachable athlete.  He is a great decision maker who will always put the needs of the team first."

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Gian Muhlbach

École secondaire Neelin High School

École secondaire Neelin High School is pleased to name Grade 10 student, Gian Muhlbach, as their High School Featured Athlete. 

As a Grade 9 student-athlete, Gian was a positive member of the badminton program at Neelin.  Her highlight from the season was a second place finish in the zone championships.  This year Gian has shown tremendous growth in her badminton skills and is looking forward to having another successful badminton season. She has started off the season on a positive note placing third in the Vincent Massey tournament.

Coach's Quote: "Gian is a pleasure to coach and is a role model for her teammates. She is very coachable and is always eager to accept feedback to become a better badminton player."

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Shashvat Varma

Vincent Massey High School 

Vincent Massey High School is pleased to name Grade 11 student, Shashvat Varma, as their High School Featured Athlete.

Shashvat is a skilled and motivated player, always driven to perform his best. Shashvat's main focus is to find something he can improve on, and to have fun. Most recently he came 2nd in Singles, 1st in Doubles and Mixed for the 2019 Vincent Massey Badminton Tournament.

Shashvat is a supportive player on and off the court and always supports every member of the team, often giving them tips and strategies to perform better in their game.

Outside of the gym, Shashvat actively volunteers at the Brandon University Astronomical Observatory, helping run public observing nights every month.  He is an active member of Student Council as a Grade 11 Representative, helping with running school events for the enjoyment of the student body, as well as promoting school spirit. Shashvat also spends time with the Peer Tutoring Program, helping students who may need assistance in understanding course work.

Congratulations to Vanya, Gian & Shashvat as this month's High School Featured Athlete.  We look forward to highlighting more students here in the 2019-2020 school year. 

Contact Information:
Blake Stephens, Physical Education & Health Education Specialist 

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