Students true standouts
Exceptional achievers take a bow for inspirational contributions helping others
WHEN it comes to students Mt Druitt has the pick of the crop.
Change Academy student Seema Syeda (right) this week was announced as a finalist for Vocational Student of the Year in the NSW Training Awards.
Already holding a Bachelor of Psychology, Mrs Syed enrolled at The Change Academy in Mt Druitt to further her skills.
She migrated to Australia from Pakistan in 2007 and, knowing how difficult starting a new life can be, she now dedicates her life to helping others in a similar situation.
Mrs Syed was nominated for all the hard work she does within the local community.
“I moved here in 2007 and started volunteering with different community groups,” she said.
“I started fundraising to help new community mem- bers settle in, donating them homewares, etc.
“I know what it was like to come here and have nothing ... every little thing is important.”
Mrs Syed is not the only local student destined for great things.
Rooty Hill student Manoa Ratabalouva (left), from St Agnes Catholic High School, was named Mt Druitt Aboriginal Student of the Year earlier this month. Principal Peter Regan said Monoa was a worthy recipient.
“Manoa has a positive influence on other students, and teammates, and an ability to guide his fellow peers to get involved in many different activities,” Mr Regan said. “He is a diligent and mature student who is a strong role model for his fellow peers – this award is well deserved.”