Emma Alexander was awarded the prestigious honour of 2018 Dux at Finley High School’s presentation night last month.
Emma was presented the award at the FHS hall, where she was joined by fellow school peers to celebrate a successful 2018.
The hall was packed with parents, friends, community representatives, local principals and award recipients.
In an acceptance speech she spoke about her fond memories of Finley High School, her teachers and plans for university.
She illustrated the fact that success and accomplishment can be achieved in small rural high schools like Finley, of which she is very proud.
In his first presentation night speech as principal, Jeff Ward said it had been an exciting fourth term for the school and in his case an exciting first term during his tenure in the role.
‘‘When I left the district 31 years ago, to travel and seek adventure, I could never fathom that I would return to become the principal of Finley High School,’’ he said.
‘‘For me it demonstrates to our youth that anything is possible and to never underestimate what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.
‘‘When coming to work in a school that is so strongly focused on improving overall achievement and wellbeing, it is impossible not to smile.
‘‘I wish to thank the entire Finley High School community for making my first term so enjoyable.
‘‘I am very excited about the future at this great school, and so very thankful for the opportunity to serve this community.’’
The evening was hosted by the 2019 school captains Emma Carey and Riley Dempster.
Proceedings started with an acknowledgement of country, given by Indigenous Cultural Award winner Andrew Neessen, followed by the national anthem, sung by Tayla Adams and Sarah Orro.
Musical items were performed by Isabella Jackson, Thomas Apps and Sarah Otto before the presentation of awards.
A proud tradition of outstanding achievements in sport, academia and school and community service was continued with students in full school uniform proudly being acknowledged for their efforts and high achievements throughout 2018.
Major award winners from the presentation night were as follows: Best All-Round Sportsperson: Lily Sharp. Best Overall Achievement: Year 7 - Larshya Sutharsamohan; Year 8 - Shae Fennell; Year 9 - Sascha Jones; Year 10 - Niamh Mason and Clay Webb; Year 11 - Ben Ashley- Cooper; Year 12 - Darcy Webb.
Lara Willemsen and Charlton Baxter will be school captains and twins Jessica and Lachlan O’Dwyer were named the vicecaptains.
The school also recently held its annual presentation night at the end of the school year.
More than 200 people attended the celebration of all students’ achievements.
The night was so big the school hall was filled and the crowd spilled out on the lawns to watch proceedings.
The outgoing school leaders — captains Amelia Packer and Jye Litchfield and vicecaptains Tess Middleton and Caleb Thornton — hosted the evening and did an excellent job of keeping things on track.
Jye showed that he is a school captain who leads by example, being named the BPS Dux for 2018.
It was reported that all students sang beautifully and their behaviour was ‘‘awesome’’.
All kindergarten students received a book to celebrate their first year at school before the special awards for academic achievement were presented.
After the presentation of the 2018 awards a supper was enjoyed by all to conclude the evening.
Major awards winners on the night were as follows:
Leadership Award - Amelia Packer; All Rounders Award - Caleb Thornton; Sportsperson Award - Xavier Fox; Junior Citizenship - Taylor Thornton.
Class Books awards:Year 1 - Sophie Baxter, Narlou Healy-Mavridis; Year 2 - Sativa Morgan, Jack Smith; Year 3 - Maddie Rice, Rosie Phillips; Year 4 - Logan Agnew, Michael Sharp-Shorney; Year 5 - Lara Willemsen, Jessica O’Dwyer; Year 6 - Molly Rice, Tess Middleton.