Medway’s Clarissa Sladek Wins Maxwell Scholarship

Star runner Clarissa Sladek of Medway High School is one of six Ontario students honoured with the 2020 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship.

Clarissa Sladek. Photo: Facebook.

The scholarship is awarded each year to six student athletes who will be continuing their post-secondary education at a Canadian college or university. Three males and three females are awarded a scholarship of $5,000. Preference shall be given to a student whose character is reflective of qualities that Brian Maxwell demonstrated in his life: honesty, integrity, compassion and an unwavering quest to accomplish the best they can, academically and athletically, while supporting his fellow team members.

Sladek is a five-time OFSAA qualifier in cross country and track and field. Her best performance was 18th individually in Grade 11 and 23rd in Grade 10, helping her team capture 6th place. On the track, she was 3rd in the 3000 m and 9th in the 1500 m in grade 10, and 8th in the 3000 m in Grade 11 as a first-year senior.

An all-around athlete, she has excelled in the classroom, achieving a 95% overall average. She has been involved in numerous school activities, from her Medway’s Sport Athletic Association to her involvement with Best Buddies program for special needs students at her school.

In her community, she has been involved in numerous roles in her church, including a mission to Honduras. She called this her most meaningful achievement. Along with three other families, they feed homeless people, cared for infants in the hospital, installed water filters for those who needed and generally did whatever they could for those less fortunate. This trip was life-changing, making her gain an appreciation for how fortunate she feels to be Canadian and not ling for basic necessities we so often take for granted.

Her teachers and coaches describe her as extremely motivated and driven, and a student who displayed tremendous skill and leadership throughout her time at her school.

Clarissa will be attending Western University next year, and is enrolled in the Kinesiology program.

For complete bios of each winner, click here.

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