Walkington winner all set to kick goals
The winner of this year’s Walkington Award says the prize will be a big help when he moves to the US to begin his tertiary studies on a soccer scholarship next year.
St Luke’s College head boy Richard Shaw, 18, took home the City of Karratha’s education prize.
Each year the award acknowledges a Year 12 student in the City who excels in the “three pillars” of academics, extra-curricular activities and community service and grants them $5000 to help cover tertiary study costs.
A talented soccer player, Richard plans to complete his undergraduate studies in the US, possibly at Iowa’s William Penn University, after winning a US soccer scholarship earlier this year.
Afterwards he plans to return to Australia and study postgraduate law/commerce at Curtin University or the University of WA, with the aim of starting a law firm with his sister who is also studying law.
The City received 13 entries for the Walkington this year. The award is named after Al Walkington, founding director of the Pilbara Institute/Karratha College, (North Regional TAFE), and has been awarded in town for 34 years.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Walkington Award winner Richard Shaw.