ZAC HERROLD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Grey Bruce Highlanders present an annual scholarship award in the amount of $1000 to the player who is a member of the Grey Bruce Highlander Minor Midget AAA Hockey Team, and who has the highest scholastic standing in school during the season.
The award was established to honour the memory of Zachary Herrold, who played for the Highlanders in 2000-2001 (#7), and to encourage Highlanders players to pursue their post-secondary educational goals.
Zac was killed in a tragic car accident on August 24, 2001, when he was just about to start the season as a member of the Owen Sound Greys Jr. B Hockey Club.
A similar scholarship for academic proficiency as well as athletic accomplishment is given to a Grade 12 student at the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute on an annual basis.
Michael O'Hara was a member of the Grey Bruce Highlanders Midget AAA teams of 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 (#44). He loved the game of hockey, loved to have fun, and was the type of person who got along with everyone. He was fiercely loyal to his teammates and the Highlanders. He was active in his school and his community, and had plans to further his education.
Sadly, in January 2007, he was taken from us in a tragic accident, along with four other boys from his high school hockey team.
July 8, 1995 – September 26, 2011
Ask anyone who ever met Wes Cameron what they will most remember and miss about him, and they will most certainly say “His smile”. Wes had a huge grin, that was so infectious, you just had to smile back. Wes’ smile could warm up the coldest arena, along with an amazing personality that was impossible to ignore. He had a knack for making everyone around him happy.
Wes loved the Highlanders. He began playing at the tender age of 8, playing up a year as goalie for the Highlander Atom team, along with his big brother Wendel. Even from that young age, Wes knew that being a Highlander was special, and he was proud to wear the Black, Red and Gold. Wes was also the Highlanders biggest fan, watching his 2 older brothers Jay and Wendel as they played for the Highlanders. A goalie all throughout minor hockey, Wes knew that being a Highlander was a big deal, and it was the crowning glory of his hockey career to be chosen for the Minor Midget team in 2010-2011. He was never so proud as when he stepped on the ice in his #37 Highlander Jersey. He always gave the team 110%, on and off the ice. Wes’ teammates were like family, a tight knit group from a widespread area, much like any other Highlander team. And like any other Highlander team, they didn’t stop being teammates just because the season ended. They are brothers, forever bound together by the experiences they shared, the friendships they formed, and the heart ache of losing one of their own.
On September 26, 2011, the ’95 Highlanders, and the entire Highlander organization lost a brother. Wes’ #37 Highlander Jersey, will never again be worn by any 1995 Highlander player. This is our way to say “Thank you for the way you brightened our lives, even though God only granted you a short time with us”. To all of us who loved Wes, and were loved by him, he will never be so far that we cannot feel his love. We honour him for who he was, for his lifelong love of all things “Highlander”, and his amazing smile that will live on forever in each of us.