The Lambton Kent District School Board is honouring two of its best student athletes in Sarnia-Lambton with the annual Stefanko Awards. The Stefanko Awards are the Sarnia-Lambton equivalent of the Dr Jack Parry Awards, handed out to the top high school students who have achieved athletic and academic excellence in their senior years. This year’s recipients are Luke Daichendt from Northern Collegiate and Marissa Mueller from Lambton Central Collegiate.
Luke Daichendt, Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School – A talented basketball player, Luke has lead his teammates to LSSAA/LKSSAA Championships and SWOSSAA finals each year of his high school career. While also participating in club basketball during the off-season, Luke started on the U17 club team that captured gold at the All Ontario Championships. A student with high academic standing over four years, he is in line to be named to the Principal’s Honour Society and an Ontario Scholar. Luke will be attending Western University to study Medical Sciences.
Marissa Mueller, Lambton Central Collegiate and Vocational Institute – Marissa has proven to be a Phenom in multiple sports – winning accolades in track and field, volleyball, beach volleyball, badminton and tennis. She is a gold medalist in both javelin (OFSAA and Canadian Youth National Track and Field) and beach volleyball (Ontario Beach Volleyball). She was also selected to train with Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence (indoor volleyball) and Team Ontario (beach volleyball). She has also received the OVA Volleyball Award of Excellence and was named Athletics Ontario Female Youth Thrower of the Year 2016. She has received the LCCVI Principal Roll of Distinction and LCCVI Proficiency Award for the highest standing in the grade for the past three years.