Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

The tal­ent, strength and lead­er­ship of Kwinana’s youth was cel­e­brated last Wed­nes­day night with a num­ber of awards given to those who have ex­celled within the com­mu­nity.

The LyriK (Lead­er­ship, youth re­spect in Kwinana) Youth Awards were hosted at the Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre and of­fered the young peo­ple of Kwinana the op­por­tu­nity to be pub­licly recog­nised for their pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the LyriK pro­gram helped to de­velop a pos­i­tive youth cul­ture. “It is im­por­tant to recog­nise young peo­ple when they ex­cel, to en­hance their sense of pride and en­cour­age them to keep up the good work,” she said.

In­di­vid­u­als were nom­i­nated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in six cat­e­gories in­clud­ing re­spect, lead­er­ship, in­spi­ra­tion, achieve­ment, team­work and mate­ship.

Ms Adams pre­sented the Young Per­son of the Year Award to Teece Ninyette who rose above many per­sonal chal­lenges in­clud­ing the death of her mother when she was just 13. Last year she re­con­nected with her brother, ob­tained her driver’s li­cence, moved into her own rental home while still at school and has taken on full-time care of her 16-year-old brother.

The mayor also pre­sented the Achieve­ment Award to Kai Don­ald­son who over­came early learn­ing dif­fer­ences to ob­tain en­try to John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts’ Gifted and Tal­ented pro­gram. Among other win­ners was Shaquille Walker who re­ceived the In­spi­ra­tion Award for his abil­ity to in­spire oth­ers through his di­rec­tion of the Dance Hip Hop K-Style pro­gram in Kwinana.

Ber­tram Pri­mary Schools' choir with their cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment for team­work. Pic­tures: City of Kwinana

In­spi­ra­tion Award win­ner Shaquille Walker.

Young Per­son of the Year Teece Ninyette with City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.

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