Myrtleford P12 College student Amy Rogers was one of the top award recipients when the achievements and contributions of local young people were recognised last Friday night. The 16 year-old was the winner of the Alpine Shire Youth Award for 12-16 years. A crowd of about 200 who gathered at the Mt Beauty Community Centre for the celebration which saw 72 youth nominated for their academic, sporting, and artistic achievements, their contributions to the community or workplace and for endurance and persistence.
MYRTLEFORD’S Amy Rogers and Bright’s Josh Thompson have collected the top honours in this year’s Alpine Shire Youth Awards.
The pair along with eight other local youths were recognised in front of a crowd of about 200 who gathered at the Mt Beauty Community Centre last Friday to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by young people in the community.
This year’s awards saw 72 nominees with teenagers and young adults nominated for their academic, sporting, and artistic achievements, their contributions to the community or workplace and for endurance and persistence.
Alpine Shire mayor Cr Ron Janas said the quality of nominations was extremely high, making it very difficult for the judges to select only one winner for each category.
“It is gratifying to have such a wealth of talented and community-minded young people living in the Alpine Shire,” he said.
Amy Rogers was the winner of the Alpine Shire Youth Award for 12-16 years olds while and Josh Thompson collected the main award in the 17-21 years category.
Both demonstrated a breadth of community involvement and endurance as well as excelling in their own fields of interest.
Rahn Stavar (Academic), Erin Bourke (Community) Amaya Harris (Endurance and Persistence) Tyra Hunt (Performing Arts), Simon Zanin (Rural), Jalen Barker (Sport and Recreation), Elly Jenkins (Visual Arts and Media) and Meg Hood (Workplace) were the other award recipients.
Alpine Shire Council economic and community development manager Elaine Burridge thanked all the community groups and local businesses who supported the Youth Awards by sponsoring a category.
“This is a great way for local people to acknowledge the value that young people have in our community,” she said.
“Also congratulations to the Youth Awards Committee, a group of five young people from Mt Beauty, who worked tirelessly to plan and deliver the evening under the guidance of our Youth Projects Officer.”
YOUNG ACHIEVERS: Elly Jenkins, Amaya Harris, Josh Thompson, Amy Rogers, Rahn Stavar, Erin Bourke and Meaghan Hood were seven young people to receive Alpine Shire Youth Awards.