Ponoka’s Andrew Jones poses with his newly received Scott Builders Student-Athlete Leadership Scholarship award during RDC’s 15th Annual Kings Queens scholarship breakfast. Photo submitted

Ponoka’s Andrew Jones earns Scott Builders scholarship

Jones was awarded the scholarship Wednesday morning during a Karl Subban talk

Ponoka’s Andrew Jones is once again in Red Deer College’s (RDC) news pages.

On Wednesday morning he attended RDC’s 15th Kings and Queens athletic scholarship breakfast and received the Scott Builders Student-Athlete Leadership Scholarship.

Helping present the award was none other than Karl Subban who spoke at the breakfast.

Jones received the award not only for his curling abilities but also because of his leadership while at the college.

One of the reasons for the award is because of his positive attitude, states an RDC press release. That, and his “support of his teammates and sheer skill helped contribute to the silver medal performance by the RDC Kings at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Curling Championships this past year.”

For Jones, it’s about consistent growth and skill improvement.

“He was one of the top seconds throughout the ACAC competition this year and tied for the second highest shooting percentage in his position during the round robin at nationals,” stated Brad Hamilton, RDC curling head coach.

Jones also reached ACAC acclaim because of his skills as an all-star curler with the conference.

He’s also an athlete who encourages his players to improve. On top of that, Jones has focussed his energy on the sport by coaching Ponoka’s younger teams. He’s also heavily involved in RDC’s student advisory athletic council, explained Hamilton.

“Andrew has volunteered for Special Olympics Curling and was an instructor for Adult Learn to Curl in Red Deer,” states the release.

“The business administration student is always willing to help others which makes him an integral and dedicated member of the curling community at RDC and across central Alberta.”

For his part, Jones just added his gratitude to coaches, teammates and family for their support in his endeavours.

The other athlete to receive the award was Megan Schmidt for her volleyball and work at the school.

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