Recent History – 2001
Dec. 24, 2000
By Yose Cormier, Daily News Staff
Lindsay Dellow received an early Christmas present over the weekend, as she was presented with the Governor General’s Bronze Medallion.
The award is given to the top performer of each school on the high school government exams.
Of the 14 scholarship performances out of South Peace Secondary School, Dellow had the top score.
She now attends Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania on a partial athletic and academic scholarship and plays for their women’s hockey team, currently ranked ninth in the U.S.
Dellow got recruited to play for the team, and although she is far away from home, she has adapted well to her surroundings.
“We are kept very busy with hockey and school, so I don’t have much spare time, but things are going well,” said the 18-year old in town for the holidays.
In fact, things couldn’t be going better for Dellow. She maintained a 4.0 grade point average in her first trimester, and is getting a lot of opportunities on the ice despite being the youngest player on the team.
“Our coach mixes up the lines a lot, and I play on the power play. I’m a bit surprised at the opportunities I am getting,” she admitted.
The team is doing good this year, with a 13-5-1 record, but will have a tough end of season.
“We haven’t played ranked teams in a while, but we face three of the top ten teams in the second half, so it should be a good test,” said the forward for the youngest team in the league with no seniors and seven freshmen.
With the school geared towards athletes, with almost everyone who attends the school on a sports team, Dellow says she has a lot of support.
“We have study hall, which helps a lot, and it’s a small school, so with all these athletes it’s geared towards that aspect of combining athletics and education,” she said.
Dellow said that the biggest adjustment has been time.
“It seems we don’t have as much time. More is expected in less time,” said Dellow, a former member of the Hawks, the local girls’ hockey team.
And with 33 hockey games, practices and school, that doesn’t leave much free time.
Although she hasn’t figured out what her major will be, Dellow is leaning towards math. This trimester, she took college writing, chemistry and calculus.
As for her second trimester, she will be taking another three courses, including American History.
“The college is geared towards Liberal Arts, so we have to take some of those courses,” she said.
Dellow has had to adapt to being in the U.S., and for her the hardest part is not being able to watch sports on CBC.
And she has had to live with the effects of the Sept. 11 attacks. The school had to be closed for one day when there was an anthrax scare.
“It was a false alarm, and it was a bit scary, but everything turned out ok,” she said.