THE student citizenship awards were presented by the Order of Australia Association Committee at a civic reception last Thursday. Students from Ballarat’s Secondary Schools were recognised for more than academic achievement, including: sport, community involvement and philanthropy. Deputy Mayor Cr Mark Harris praised the time and energy that the students had given to their school and community. “There are many ways to serve your community and make a worthwhile contribution to society,” Cr Harris said. “Each of the young people who have been nominated is here because they strive to make a difference.” Past Chair of the Order of Australia Association of the Central Highlands Region Geoff Crick OAM said he pleased to be addressing the possible leaders of the future. “We need very community minded people to take up leadership roles in our society – in our sporting clubs, our service clubs and so on,” he said. “For those nominated today congratulations on your contribution.” This year’s recipients are: JOSHUA VAN DEN HOEK, Ballarat Christian College, personal and academic achievements over many years – including music, sport and academic results; IBRAHIM AL-ANSARI, Ballarat Clarendon College, philanthropic work, fund-raising and charity; ANNABELLA LEWIS, Ballarat Grammar School, academic, music, volunteering and charity work; VIVIEN HUCKER, Ballarat High School, community volunteer, fund raising, assisting at Specialist School; CHLOE LINAHAN, Ballarat Secondary College Mount Rowan Campus, quiet achiever, school production, sport, a positive influence within the school; NICKALES RALSTON, Ballarat Secondary College Woodman’s Hill Campus, positive and supportive of his fellow students, volunteer, mentor; DOMINIC McKENDRY, Ballarat Specialist School, strong work ethic, kind and caring, outstanding role model for other students, Special Olympics; MAGGIE RUSSELL, Loreto College, cheerful and positive involvement in both school and external activities, winner of Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Competition, music, sport; CHLOE WALKER, Mount Clear Secondary College, leadership activities, carer at home, volunteering; MICHAEL
CAPPELLO, St Patrick’s College, leadership, sport assisting homeless.