Our athletes are Student-Athletes which means education is one of our biggest priorities. OHA is in partnership with Penticton High, one of the highest rated schools in Western Canada, as well as Skaha Lake Middle School (Grade 8). Pen High and Skaha have implemented a schedule that allows our student athletes to attend school from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm without missing core classes for practice or training.
A weekly mandatory study hall provides our student athletes with an opportunity to have one on one instruction with our Academic Advisors and help manage their workload. Our Academic Advisor, Dave Nackoney, works diligently at helping our students navigate through SAT’s, ACT’s, and NCAA Clearinghouse ensuring that all options are available for our students when they are ready to attend a post-secondary institution.
“OHA students have had so much success at Pen High due to our structured and focused environment. Education is truly a priority for the academy and that’s why a great majority of their students are consistently on the honor roll.” - DAVE NACKONEY, OHA ACADEMIC ADVISOR
"The staff at Pen-Hi made my time There unforgettable. Being a student athlete, their support and understanding meant the world to me. They helped me set and reach my goals all while preparing me for University." - Emily Clark, Team Canada / University of Wisconsin, NCAA
Dave has been the OHA Academic Advisor since the inception of the program. Dave’s guidance and knowledge is a major part of the success our students have at Pen High, and the success they continue to have in all of their endeavors after they graduate.
Chris is one of our OHA Study Hall teachers, specializing in Math and Science and is also head of the Math Department at Pen High.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.