Nine Alpine youth recognised for achievement and contribution
Alpine Shire Youth Awards’ 2017 recipients recognised at a special ceremony led by mayor Ron Janas in Myrtleford on Friday included (from left) Ashley Farmer, Harrison Neville (back centre) Dylan Sgambelloni and LilyRose Burgess.
ALPINE Shire Youth Awards 2017 were presented to nine outstanding recipients in front of a 200-strong crowd of their peers, families, councillors and community organisation representatives in Myrtleford Performing Arts Centre on Friday.
The prestigious awards this year attracted nominations for 80 young people to be recognised for their contributions to community or workplace, their artistic, sporting and academic achievements and for endurance and persistence.
Alpine mayor Ron Janas said the excellent quality of nominees made it very difficult for judges to choose only one winner in each category.
“It is gratifying to have such a wealth of talented and community-minded young people living in the Alpine Shire,” he said.
The category winners include:
Harrison Neville: Bright P12 College – Academic Award
For standing out as one of the brightest and most dedicated students at the school. Harrison has taken the initiative to extend his academic abilities through work experience, summer school, extension programs and taking a Victorian Certificate of Education subject by distance. His grades also reflect his dedication to studies and school life and, as a result, he has also been made the Kwong Lee Dow scholarship recipient and state finalist in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.
Deakin Hunter: Marian College, Myrtleford – Community Award
For always being willing to help in the community. It is not always apparent what Deakin has done in the community as he was never after any personal acknowledgment. He actively helps with the Landcare organisation as well as volunteering to help with the Myrtleford Festival. Nothing stops Deakin, whether he is cooking a barbeque at skate park events, helping with the community accessibility Christmas party, planting trees or building bird boxes. He has also been recognised as a Queen’s Scout – the highest scout or venturer award.
Flynn Eriksson: Mount Beauty Secondary College – Sports and Recreation Award
Flynn inspires his peers throughout the Alpine Shire with his unwavering dedication to the best at whatever he tries. Flynn’s athletic achievements at are a nothing national shortand localof amazing.level Representing Victoria at the National Athletics Championships in 2016 for long jump and triple jump and in the U15 heptathlon in 2017, and taking second place at the Victorian State Multi-Event Championships for the U15 heptathlon in 2017 are some of Flynn’s impressive achievements.
Jordyn Parmesan: Marian College, Myrtleford – Performing Arts Award
Learning and competing in dance for the past 13 years, Jordyn performs many styles including classical ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary and hip hop dance. Jordyn played a huge role in the Marian College 50th Anniversary ‘Gold Class’ production by choreographing and giving up her lunch breaks to mentor younger students. Jordan has received many awards for her solo dance performances and has also received distinctions and credits in her Royal Academy of Dance and Australian Teachers of Dance exams.
Harris Doodewaard: Myrtleford P12 College – TAFCO Rural Award
With a keen interest in all aspects of the cattle industry, Harris is regularly looking for opportunities to extend his knowledge and experience by volunteering and helping on local dairy farm. Harris is experienced in a range of animal husbandry skills including marking, drenching and tagging and has successfully reared and weaned 36 calves in the past three years. He has represented the M and A Yea Dairy from Dederang at the Wangaratta and District Cattle Show where his best groomed heifer entry was awarded first and he achieved second place for best cattle handler. Rhiannon Symons: Glen Creek – Workplace Award Rhiannon works for Equine Training sand Services Australia, which specialises in rehabilitation of horses, therapy, sport injuries, photonics and many more equine aspects. She shows outstanding commitment, is punctual, well presented, excited to be learning all aspects of her job and puts in 110 per cent every day. Rhiannon also volunteers at the Myrtleford Pony Club, Yackandandah Adult Riding Club and volunteers at the Tallangatta Vet Clinic for three hours every Friday. Lily-Rose Burgess: Bright P12 Media College Award – Visual Arts and Lily has tapped into her remarkable ability with a maturity beyond her years across a wide range of mediums. Harrietville’s Hannah Merrett, who is well on her way in her chosen field, was runner-up in this category.
Ashley Farmer: Bright – Alpine Shire Youth Award 12-16 years
Ashley has been recognised for her outstanding sporting achievements, including winning her age division at this year’s national in Modern Pentathlon, competing at state-level athletics and ranking in the top 10 at hurdling for the past five years. Within the Wangaratta Athletics Club her role extends to mentoring younger members and also assists on competition days. Her high level of sportsmanship and generous nature is applauded by many and she also volunteers at Bright Rotary Club waterslide, umpiring netball and other community events.
Dylan Sgambelloni: Bright P12 College – Endurance and Persistence Award and Alpine Shire Youth Award 17-21 years
Dylan has been recognised for resilience and ambition as well as mental strength, patience and persistence when dealing with the challenges of being in a motorised wheelchair. His ability to overcome these highlights his strength of character to keep persisting, connecting with others and getting the most out of life. Dylan also volunteers his time at Bright P12 College’s Hawthorn Village Aged Care program and has become a strong advocate for wheelchair and mobility-challenged people Bright.
THE BEST: Winners of this year’s Alpine Shire Youth Awards (back from left) Rhiannon Symons, Deakin Hunter, Harrison Neville, Flynn Eriksson, Jordyn Parmesan, (front from left) Harris Doodewaard, Ashley Farmer, Dylan Sgambelloni and Lily-Rose Burgess.