Nom­i­na­tions open for youth awards

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By ALEX CRAIG

THE com­mit­tee tasked with or­gan­is­ing an event to recog­nise the achieve­ments of young peo­ple is call­ing for nom­i­na­tions for the an­nual Alpine Shire Youth Awards.

Five Mt Beauty stu­dents make up the com­mit­tee to plan and de­liver the 2018 Youth Awards with the help of coun­cil’s youth events and project sup­port of­fi­cer Elisha Hazel­dine.

The Youth Awards is a cel­e­bra­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments of young peo­ple who live, work or study in the Alpine Shire.

Ella Gould, a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee said she en­cour­aged any­one to nom­i­nate young peo­ple for their in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity, for ex­celling in their cho­sen field or for sim­ply in­spir­ing oth­ers.

“There are so many amaz- ing young peo­ple in our shire and it is re­ally im­por­tant to recog­nise the achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of young peo­ple,” she said.

There are 10 cat­e­gories of award, in­clud­ing aca­demic, com­mu­nity, sport­ing or work­place, per­form­ing and visual arts, and all award win­ners re­ceive a tro­phy and a cash prize.

The 2017 Alpine Shire Youth of the Year for 12-16 year olds was Ash­ley Farmer who is not only an ac­com­plished sports per­son but very ac­tively in­volved in her com­mu­nity and school, and won the award for her per­se­ver­ance, mo­ti­va­tion and re­spect for oth­ers.

The win­ner of both the En­durance and Per­sis­tence Awards and the Youth Award for 17 -21year olds was Dy­lan Sgam­bel­loni from Bright.

Dy­lan was se­lected for these awards in recog­ni­tion of his strength in ad­dress­ing and over­com­ing many of the chal­lenges he has faced with his health, and for his in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Visual Arts and Me­dia award was in­tro­duced in 2017 and proved to be very suc­cess­ful in recog­nis­ing cre­ative young peo­ple.

Their ar­eas of ex­cel­lence could in­clude, but are not lim­ited to pho­tog­ra­phy, draw­ing, sculp­ture, paint­ing, fash­ion, tex­tiles or film.

Young peo­ple are asked to sub­mit two short films of about two min­utes which have been filmed and pro­duced by them­selves, or a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion show­cas­ing their visual art.

There is a $200 prize for this cat­e­gory, so young peo­ple should start putting to­gether their ap­pli­ca­tions now.

Young peo­ple aged be­tween 12-21 are el­i­gi­ble to be nom­i­nated for the Youth Awards and must have lived, worked or stud­ied in the Alpine Shire in the past 12 months.

Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able from the Alpine Shire Coun­cil web­site or by email­ing ydo@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

Nom­i­na­tions close on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 1 with the win­ners to be an­nounced at a semi-for­mal event in Mount Beauty on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Jenny Corser 0419 915 319.

PHOTO: Alex Craig

OR­GAN­IS­ING: El­iz­a­beth Ge­orge, To­vah Har­ley-Wil­son and Ella Gould met with Alpine Shire Coun­cil’s Youth Events and Project Sup­port Of­fi­cer Elisha Hazel­dine and Mt Beauty Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s Tr­ish Dixon last week to con­tinue plan­ning this year’s Youth Awards.

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