Wil­liam’s a top stu­dent

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Year 12 stu­dent Wil­liam Johnston has be­come the tenth Corowa High School stu­dent to re­ceive the Min­is­ter’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in Stu­dent Achieve­ment.

Corowa High School Prin­ci­pal Dr Joanne Bel­lette said she was ex­tremely proud of Wil­liam’s con­tin­u­ous achieve­ments.

“Wil­liam is an ex­cep­tional stu­dent who demon­strates skills across the board at school,” she said.

“He is aca­dem­i­cally ex­cel­lent but also a leader with his role as vice-cap­tain of the school.”

Dr Bel­lette said his achieve­ments did not stop there with Wil­liam also in­volved in sport and mu­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The 18-year-old was pre­sented the award at the NSW Par­lia­ment House in Sydney on Septem­ber 13.

The an­nual awards recog­nise the achieve­ments of out­stand­ing stu­dents and teach­ers in NSW.

“He was an ideal can­di­date for the Min­is­ter’s Award for Ex­cel­lence,” Dr Bel­lette said.

“We con­grat­u­late Wil­liam on re­ceiv­ing the pres­ti­gious award.”

Wil­liam was also de­scribed by his prin­ci­pal as a role model for other stu­dents.

“He re­ally is an all-rounder and leads by ex­am­ple, which is prob­a­bly his big­gest strength,” she said.

Wil­liam, who is in the mid­dle of his Year 12 high school ex­ams, is in the school band and a lo­cal band out­side of school where he plays drums and also sings.

Corowa High School has a long suc­cess­ful his­tory associated with the awards, with this lat­est win cap­ping off ten vic­to­ries for the school.

The awards have been run­ning for 13 years and while Corowa High School did not par­tic­i­pate in the first two years, the school has had ten stu­dents now take out the award.

Dr Bel­lette said the string of awards won by stu­dents at the school was what at­tracted her to the po­si­tion when she ap­plied ear­lier this year.

“When I did re­search into the po­si­tion for prin­ci­pal this was some­thing that stood out to me,” she said.

“I thought ‘this is a school that ac­tu­ally has ca­pac­ity to cre­ate ex­cel­lence and is be­ing recog­nised at one of the high­est lev­els’.”

Dr Bel­lette said there was a real ethos around ex­cel­lence in the com­mu­nity and ad­vis­ing the chil­dren to ex­cel and make some­thing of them­selves.

“It’s amaz­ing, re­ally fan­tas­tic and I am proud to be a part of a com­mu­nity that has these val­ues,” she said.

Wil­liam was nom­i­nated for the award by his school.

“We al­ways do a re­view of all of our stu­dents as to who would be ap­pro­pri­ate and if no one is ap­pro­pri­ate then no one gets nom­i­nated, but we of­ten and typ­i­cally have some­one that has ex­celled in a range of ar­eas and Will was a very ob­vi­ous can­di­date,” Dr Bel­lette said.

NSW Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Rob Stokes presents Corowa High School stu­dent Wil­liam Johnston with the Min­is­ter’s Award for Ex­cel­lent in Stu­dent Achieve­ment.

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