Ridgetown student wins OMHA bursary

OMHA Wally Scott Bursary Recipient Mitchell Anderson (Screengrab via OMHA YouTube)

As he prepares for his post-secondary education, a high school student from Ridgetown is getting recognition for his efforts in the classroom and impact on his community.

Mitchell Anderson is one of two high school graduates from across Ontario that was selected for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Wally Scott Bursary.

The bursary is awarded to players, coaches and referees in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association who have made an impact on the ice, as well as for their grades and extracurricular work off the ice.

“Mitch has a great work ethic. He works many jobs as well as his clipping show cows on the side,” said his hockey coach Owen Bateman. “We had a game and he was able to come back and still have enough energy to play a great game.”

The graduate of Ridgetown District High School will be enrolled in the FARE Program – Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics – at the University of Guelph next year.

Anderson grew up on his family’s 200-acre farm. Also a referee, Anderson works for many dairy herds as a dairy filter that allows him to travel across the country. He is an active member of the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association and has participated in community fairs across Southwestern Ontario.

“It’s impressive to see the things our players are doing as leaders both on and off the ice, especially the two who have been chosen this year for the OMHA Wally Scott Bursary,” said Executive Director of the OMHA Ian Taylor. “One of the OMHA’s goals is developing great people who will become leaders in their communities. I have no doubt our two recipients will be among them.”