Nominations open for youth awards
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.