Stu­dents true stand­outs

Ex­cep­tional achiev­ers take a bow for in­spi­ra­tional con­tri­bu­tions help­ing oth­ers

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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.”

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