State awards for Tom Price cadets
■ The Tom Price Senior High School Cadets Unit has consolidated its reputation as one of the State’s best cadets programs, winning three awards from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Tom Price students were presented with the Emergency Service Cadet Corps Awards for State Unit Achievement, Cadet Achievement and Host School by DFES cadets co-ordinator Jo Scardigno at the school’s graduation ceremony early this month.
Ms Scardigno said the Tom Price cadets unit was “just exceptional”, thanks to strong support from high school staff and emergency services personnel.
It marks the sixth year in a row the school has taken home the unit achievement award and its second win for both other awards.
Tom Price Senior High School deputy principal Nicole Kelly runs the cadet program and said it was extremely popular at the high school, with about one third of students involved. She said students appreciated DFES’ acknowledgements of their hard work.
“It’s great to have the kids recognised for the work they do — over 3000 hours of community service this year, "she said. “It’s nice to be recognised not only locally but regionally, and by the State as well.”
Ms Kelly said the cadets program not only taught students life skills but also to become responsible members of the Tom Price community.
“Our main aim is to try to get the kids, when they leave school and become adults, to volunteer in the community,” she said.
“They’re our future volunteers, and country towns like us and Karratha and Hedand can’t survive without volunteers.”
Year 12 graduating cadets David Moule, 17, Luke Gibbs, Isaiah Greatorex, 17, Morgan O’Connell, Jack Lincoln, 17, and Brandon Walawski, 17.