June 2, 2021

Sherk named Ivan Tennant Memorial Award recipient

Lawson Sherk, eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft, was named the 2020-21 recipient of the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award presented annually to the OHL’s Top Academic High School Student, the league announced Tuesday.

Sherk had a 95.2 percent average over six University-level Grade 12 courses at Ancaster High School.

“I’m honoured to receive the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award,” Sherk said in a release. “COVID has made this a tough year but I’ve had a lot of time to focus on my education. It’s very rewarding to be recognized for my academic achievements during a year that has been difficult for all.”

Sherk’s grades included a 97 percent in Advanced Functions, a 97 percent in Healthy Active Living, a 96 percent in Calculus and Vectors, a 95 percent in Physics, a 94 percent in chemistry and a 92 percent in English.

“From the moment Lawson walked through the doors he has exemplified everything that being a Hamilton Bulldog should be,” Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios said. “Through his commitment, dedication and leadership it comes with great pride but no surprise to see Lawson awarded the 2021 Ivan Tennant Award. The Hamilton Bulldogs would like to congratulate and commend Lawson and his family, with a special thank you to academic advisor Sean Nicholson, for their commitment to education and his work to be a role model both on and off the ice for his teammates and future athletes in the Hamilton community.

“The Hamilton Bulldogs share the same pride in Lawson as he does in representing our team and community and look forward to his continued development in Hamilton.”

Sherk had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 62 games as a rookie with Hamilton in 2019-20.

The Ivan Tennant Memorial Award is given to the Top Academic High School Player and is named in honour of Ivan Tennant, who spent a lifetime combining hockey and education. He was the Kitchener Rangers’ Education Consultant for 20 years and a key figure on the OHL’s Education Consultant’s Committee. Sherk becomes the first Bulldogs player to win one of the League’s three major academic awards.

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