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) Deakin Hunter, Jordyn Parmesan, Rhiannon Symons and Harris Doodewaard who were thrilled to be recipients.
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 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. at a national and local level dairy farm. Harris is experienced are nothing short of amazing. in a range of animal husbandry Representing Victoria at the skills including marking, drenching National Athletics Championships and tagging and has successfully in 2016 for long jump and triple reared and weaned 36 calves jump and in the U15 heptathlon in the past three years. He has in 2017, and taking second place represented the M and A Yea Dairy at the Victorian State Multi-Event from Dederang at the Wangaratta Championships for the U15 and District Cattle Show where heptathlon in 2017 are some of his best groomed heifer entry was Flynn’s impressive achievements. awarded first and he achieved
Jordyn Parmesan: Marian second place for best cattle College, Myrtleford – Performing handler. Arts Award Rhiannon Symons: Glen
Learning and competing in Creek – Workplace Award dance for the past 13 years, Rhiannon works for Equine Jordyn performs many styles Training sand Services Australia, including classical ballet, lyrical, which specialises in rehabilitation jazz, contemporary and hip of horses, therapy, sport injuries, hop dance. Jordyn played a photonics and many more equine huge role in the Marian College aspects. She shows outstanding 50th Anniversary ‘Gold Class’ commitment, is punctual, well production by choreographing presented, excited to be learning and giving up her lunch breaks to all aspects of her job and puts in mentor younger students. Jordan 110 per cent every day. Rhiannon has received many awards for also volunteers at the Myrtleford her solo dance performances and Pony Club, Yackandandah Adult has also received distinctions and Riding Club and volunteers at the credits in her Royal Academy of Tallangatta Vet Clinic for three Dance and Australian Teachers of hours every Friday. Dance exams. Lily-Rose Burgess: Bright
Harris Doodewaard: P12 College – Visual Arts and Myrtleford P12 College – TAFCO Media Award Rural Award Lily has tapped into her
With a keen interest in all remarkable ability with a maturity aspects of the cattle industry, beyond her years across a wide Harris is regularly looking for range of mediums. Harrietville’s opportunities to extend his Hannah Merrett, who is well on knowledge and experience by her way in her chosen field, was volunteering and helping on local 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.