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It was a night for the city’s young peo­ple to shine when the Lead­er­ship Youth Re­spect in Kwinana Awards were held last week.

Eleven young peo­ple were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity in achieve­ment, mate­ship, in­spi­ra­tion, re­spect, team­work and lead­er­ship.

In­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory award-win­ners re­ceived a $250 in­cen­tive to spend on an op­por­tu­nity of their choos­ing.

Cat­e­gory win­ners are also given a fur­ther $50 to do­nate to­wards a char­ity of their choice.

Pre­vi­ous LyriK Achieve­ment Award win­ner Kai Don­al­son was the MC for the night, with the crowd en­joy­ing tal­ented young, lo­cal per­form­ers.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the awards recog­nised the achieve­ments of young lead­ers in the com­mu­nity.

“They high­light young peo­ple who are not afraid to think dif­fer­ently and in­spire their peers,” she said. “Each year, I am more and more im­pressed to see the level of lead­er­ship and ini­tia­tive shown by young peo­ple in our City.”

“The LyriK Awards is a fan­tas­tic pro­gram that not only high­lights the ex­cep­tional youth in Kwinana, but fos­ters their de­vel­op­ment to go on and achieve greater things.”

Kings Col­lege stu­dent Ebony Pavlov was named Lyrik young per­son of the year af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by her mother and a youth worker in the in­spi­ra­tion cat­e­gory.

“My heart was rac­ing — I couldn’t be­lieve it had just hap­pened,” she said.

“I was re­ally ex­cited but it didn’t quite hit me that I had got­ten the award un­til the next day.”

Her con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity in­clude vol­un­teer­ing her time to help oth­ers by coach­ing Tee-Ball, at­tend­ing Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadets, Unit­ing Care West, and Kwinana Reach Youth Group, and she has also been a peer coun­sel­lor with Camp Kulin.

Ebony is also chair­woman of the Kwinana Youth Ad­vi­sory Counci,l a pre­vi­ous LyriK Award nom­i­nee, and was a nom­i­nee for ci­ti­zen of the year (un­der 25) in the Kwinana Pre­mier’s Awards for Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship in 2017.

“Vol­un­teer­ing makes me feel needed in the com­mu­nity — it’s just a joy that I feel within my­self when helping peo­ple,” she said.

“I love it. It’s my pas­sion — I want to help peo­ple and make them feel good.

“My main pas­sion is to work with peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, which comes from my love of helping peo­ple.”

Bai­ley Bal­lard, 17, was shocked to hear his name called out af­ter the win­ner in his cat­e­gory had al­ready been an­nounced.

The Gil­more Col­lege stu­dent was given the progress award, which isn’t given out ev­ery year but is re­served for those whom the panel deems wor­thy.

Bai­ley was nom­i­nated by his Fol­low The Dream co-or­di­na­tor, Dave Smith, who felt his con­tri­bu­tions to school life — in­clud­ing the AIME pro­gram as a pro­gram am­bas­sador — Gil­more Col­lege and Clon­tarf Academy com­muni- ties had been in­spi­ra­tional. “To be hon­est, I was a bit sur­prised be­cause I was nom­i­nated for the in­spi­ra­tion cat­e­gory and then I was called for the progress award,” he said. “I couldn’t be­lieve it. “My pas­sion in life is mu­sic and pro­duc­ing and danc­ing.

“This is just the start and it’s been re­ally fun to get to know peo­ple and get to ex­pe­ri­ence life.”

The teenager reg­u­larly con­trib­utes to school and cul­tural life by writ­ing and per­form­ing his own raps and per­form­ing at lo­cal cul­tural events.

“I think win­ning the progress award shows that even though I didn’t win my par­tic­u­lar cat­e­gory, I was still recog­nised for what I do in the com­mu­nity and with my mu­sic,” he said.

Pic­tures: Emily Sharp

LyriK young per­son of the year Ebony Pavlov, 17.

LyriK progress award win­ner Bai­ley Bal­lard, 17.

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