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' 2006 THE MINISTER'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

RECIPIENTS HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGION

Ty Swadling, Whitebridge High School Ty is an outstanding candidate for this Award. He is a diligent and committed student, achieving impressive academic results. He is an elite sportsman, having represented his school at Zone, Region, State and National level in trampolining and diving. Ty's leadership both within and outside of school is inspiring. He generously gives his time, as well as contributing to the corporate life of the school. These achievements and his natural leadership ability make Ty an outstanding nomination for this Award. Murray O'Keefe, Muswellbrook High School Murray O'Keefe has set high academic and personal standards for himself. These are reflected in his achievements in HSC study, public speaking, student leadership and Music. Murray's contribution within the school community coupled with his high personal and academic standards have made him an outstanding role model to younger students. David Esteves, Muswellbrook High School David sets a fine example for the student body to follow, both academically and as a member of the wider school community. He has demonstrated exceptional qualities that would be essential for the recipient of this Award. David is a remarkable young man and fully demonstrates the values of NSW public education. Chris Hill, Scone High School Chris Hill is School Captain and is a highly respected young person within the Scone school community. Chris's achievements in leadership, academic and sporting areas have been outstanding. He participates in his school and community with dedication and enthusiasm. Chris is an outstanding young Australian. Scott Sharma, Lambton High School Scott has been an exemplary student throughout his school career. He aspires to personal best in all areas. He is an active leader in promoting high achievement in academic, sport and citizenship areas within the school. Scott's election as Senior Prefect by his peers endorses his leadership capabilities. Megan Brown, Lambton High School Megan is School Captain and possesses the skills to be an outstanding leader in a range of forums. Her high order communications skills have led to her

selection as spokeswoman for Education Week ceremonies and the Constitutional Convention at the State and national levels. Megan is a high achiever academically and still finds time to be involved in the local netball competition.

ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST REGION

Courtney Robinson, Kiama High School Courtney Robinson has excellent academic achievements across a wide range of subjects in Years 11 and 12. Her exemplary leadership skills are demonstrated by her membership of the Student Representative Council in 2004 and 2005 and her election as School Captain in 2006. Courtney has participated in school and community soccer, volleyball and athletics as well as Dance and Drama and is an active community volunteer. Jack Anderson-McDonald, Bega High School Jack Anderson-McDonald is an exceptionally talented student who excels in Physics, Chemistry, earth and environmental sciences as well as Science and Mathematics extension. He has been recognised by his teachers for displaying the values of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness and as such was Awarded Diamond Student status, the school's Award for outstanding academic and personal achievement. Jack was selected to attend the 2006 National Youth Science Forum at Canberra, ranking him among the brightest potential science leaders of his generation. Jack is a member of the Under 17 NSW/ACT AFL squad and also represents the school in surfing championships. He plays the tenor saxophone as a hobby and tutors younger students at school in Mathematics and Science and is a reader and scribe at the School Certificate examinations. Valentina Stojcevska, Warilla High School Valentina Stojcevska is an outstanding candidate for this Award. She has been Dux of her cohort since Year 7. The school has established a new award in its merit system to acknowledge excellence in student achievement due to the fact that Valentina has gone beyond the existing framework. Valentina has been involved in a number of events beyond the school, including national Science, Mathematics and English competitions. In May of this year, she reached the final of the district Lions Club Youth of the Year competition. Valentina is a student leader and is the embodiment of excellence. She encapsulates the values of New South Wales public education.

NEW ENGLAND REGION

Emma Newsome, Tenterfield High School Emma strives for excellence in all areas of school life. She has a terrific attitude towards learning and life in general. Academically she has been a Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 Award Winner for Academic achievement. Emma is the 2006 School Captain and her leadership skills are evidenced by her presentation at the National Young Leaders Day in Brisbane in 2005. Emma `raises the bar' in many fields and it is this that contributes to her impact on other students. Nicholas James Horrack, Duval High School Nick is the School Captain and is an exceptional student who demonstrates academic, cultural and sporting excellence as well as outstanding student leadership. He has also excelled in Advanced Mathematics and Chemistry and has experienced cultural success in Music and Drama. Nick is held in the highest regards by the whole school community as a talented and self-motivated student. He is a student with the enthusiasm and intellectual skills to lead youth now and in the future. He is an outstanding role model for young people and an example of public education in action. Clare Hunter, Inverell High School Clare epitomises the spirit and success of the public education system. As School Captain she lives and breathes its core values. During her six years at Inverell High, Clare has been consistently recognised for outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarship, sport, leadership, Music and Drama. She has been instrumental in gaining recognition and acceptance of the Junior Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) as a force within student government. Clare's great achievement lies in her ability to maintain academic standards and yet give so much in other areas. She is easily the most gifted Creative and Performing Arts student to emerge in recent years at Inverell High. Her outstanding singing, acting and dancing performances in consecutive biennial musicals (Grease and Bats) were eclipsed this year when she played the lead role in Guys and Dolls. Kahla Preston, Oxley High School Kahla has achieved outstanding academic results throughout her career at Oxley High School. In addition she has involved herself in a range of extra-curricular activities, many based on her skills in public speaking and writing. Her leadership abilities have been recognised by her peers, representing them on the Student Representative Council for five years and becoming School Captain in 2006. Kahla has represented the school in the local community and both the school and Tamworth as an exchange student to New Zealand and cultural ambassador to Japan.

NORTH COAST REGION

Blake Bambrook, Ballina High School Blake Bambrook is one of two Australian Year 12 students invited to attend and present at the 2006 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, incorporating the Nobel Prize Ceremony. Blake was invited as a result of his participation in the 2006 National Science Forum. In 2005 he attended the 33rd Professor Harry Messel International Science School at University of Sydney. Blake has already completed 3 units of his HSC as an accelerant. He achieved Band 6 and Band E4 in 2005 in French Continuers and Extension French, respectively. In Australian competitions he has gained high distinctions in Chemistry, English, Maths, and Science. He has gained distinctions in English, Maths, Science and Computer Skills. In 2005 he was awarded the University of Newcastle Year 11 Award for Excellence and the Southern Cross University Scholastic Prize. He was dux of his year in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Aside from his world class academic achievements, Blake is 2006 School Captain, SRC Treasurer (2004-06) and LEO club Treasurer (2004-06). He has been cross-country age champion every year and represented in athletics, swimming and cricket. In 2005 he was local and zone winner of Lions Youth of the Year Quest, and was a Regional Finalist. This is testimony to his exemplary public speaking and debating skills. Blake is also an accomplished violinist having attained first grade with honours. Blake has consistently achieved excellence in all areas of school life. He positively models the values of the public education system. Scott Amor, Richmond River High School Scott is a committed student dedicated to achieving high academic standards. He has attained success in regional, State and national competitions. He represented his school and community in a wide range of sporting pursuits, including golf at State level. He has participated in numerous cultural competitions and has won the State and been runner up in the Australian final of the Tournament of the Minds in Mathematics and Engineering. Scott has promoted positive relationships and demonstrated his leadership skills as Student Representative Council Co-President and School Captain. He was also a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention. Scott has demonstrated his civic responsibility by organising and participating in community charity collections and attending Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations. He participates enthusiastically in the school community for the benefit of all students. He has demonstrated the benefits of a positive personal belief system and integrity and in doing so has proven an excellent role model. Lachlan Charles Fleetwood, Richmond River High School Lachlan has displayed his love of learning by consistently achieving outstanding academic results. He has competed with distinction in regional, State and

national competitions. Lachlan has competed regularly in school sporting activities, promoting active participation and displaying fine sportsmanship. He has represented the school in various cultural competitions and has won the State and been runner up in the national Tournament of the Minds finals in Mathematics and Engineering. Lachlan has been active in the wider community as a Scout and Army Cadet Leader and has been heavily involved in charity fundraising, clear indications of civic responsibility. As a member of the Student Representative Council executive he has been a positive role model to fellow students. Lachlan's all round achievements demonstrate that he is an outstanding candidate for this Award. Adriana Amato, Great Lakes College Tuncurry Senior Campus Adriana is an extremely talented student, one of an elite group who achieves at the very highest level in a range of academic, sporting, cultural and leadership pursuits. Adriana follows a rigorous academic program including Extension 1 and 2 English, Drama, Society and Culture and PDHPE. She will be joining the NSW Volleyball team in the Trans Tasman Tournament in New Zealand. Adriana is an accomplished actor and musician, playing a lead role in Bye Bye Birdie in 2005. She is currently involved in the higher levels of public speaking, having won through several levels of competition. She has exceptional leadership skills, demonstrated at Great Lakes College and at Vanier College, Canada while on exchange. She has extremely strong communication and teamwork skills. Her achievements chronicle performance of the very highest order in many pursuits and this reflects Adriana's commitment, talent and drive. Adriana is an outstanding student. Rebecca Mules, Kadina High School Rebecca Mules has an enviable record of outstanding academic achievement from Years 7 to 12 and has consistently been awarded the Principal's Medal for Best All Rounder in her cohort at Kadina High School. Rebecca has been the driving force behind many Student Representative Council projects and as School Captain has been a positive role model through her promotion of school spirit. Rebecca has represented the school in the Lions Youth of the Year Competition, was a finalist in the Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs competition, attended the World Vision Global Leadership Convention, coordinated the school's 40 Hour Famine appeal and was selected to attend the 2005 UBS Young Women's Leadership Academy in Sydney. Rebecca has represented the school in athletics, cross-country, hockey, soccer and volleyball. She is also a talented and dedicated musician, regularly winning eisteddfods and was the pianist in the North Coast Schools', "Northern Stars

under the Big Top." Rebecca Mules has a love of learning, a passion for helping others and an amazing sense of civic responsibility. These qualities have made her an outstanding ambassador for Kadina High School and public education.

NORTHERN SYDNEY REGION

Adrian Buncuga, North Sydney Boys High School Adrian has distinguished himself from the day of his enrolment. He has always been a student of the highest order, excelling in all endeavours including academic studies, competitions, sport, co-curricular activities, community work, supporting younger students in the school and student leadership. He is a young man of integrity who has enriched the lives of students attending North Sydney Boys, making it a better place for all. James Stewart, Turramurra High School James is an extraordinary young man who has made an outstanding contribution to both his school and local community. This influence extends to the wider community and he has been an excellent ambassador for public education and Australian in China, Japan and New Zealand. James is also an elite sportsman and has been the recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin Award (2005) and the Commonwealth Sports Award (2005).

RIVERINA REGION

Sally Wood, Wagga Wagga High School Sally is a remarkable student as much for her personal, academic, sporting and cultural achievements as for the work that she has undertaken for the school, district and region in her role as in the NSW State Student Representative Council in 2004 and 2005. In this position she has passionately promoted the importance of student leadership in rural areas. Sally has demonstrated maturity, talent and leadership. She is an excellent team member, being very positive and supportive of others. In addition, she has contributed to the increased profile of Wagga Wagga High School through her representations as the School Vice-Captain, also furthering the recognition of the accomplishments, skills and abilities of regional public schools and students. Rachael Willis, Billabong High School 2006 Billabong High School Captain, Rachael Willis is a student of excellence. In her academic studies she is ranked first in five and second in her other two HSC subjects. Rachael is a talented student of Visual Arts and Textiles and Design. She has shown exceptional leadership as evidenced by her election as a member of the SRC in every year from Year 7 to 12. Rachel has represented the school, District and Zone in sport. Her outstanding sporting achievements were acknowledged this year with the award of a Riverina Regional Award for Excellence during Education Week. Rachael proudly represents Billabong High School in the local community.

Caitlin Duryea, Corowa High School Caitlin is an outstanding role model for public education. She is a high achiever across a wide range of endeavours. Caitlin is well respected by staff, peers and her local community for captaining the Riverina netball team, her energetic involvement in the cultural performances of Corowa High School and her thoughtful and dedicated commitment to student leadership.

SOUTH WESTERN SYDNEY REGION

Matthew Fryer, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School Matthew is a modest young man who is an inspiration to his peers, excelling in many areas of school life. School Captain and an active member of the Student Representative Council, he strives to excel in everything he does. He is particularly gifted in Design and Technology and the Visual Arts, the performing arts, public speaking and debating. Matthew is also a natural athlete and possesses extraordinary skills in a large range of sports. He has participated in soccer, swimming, athletics and crosscountry competitions and excels in the pole vault. He is hailed as one of Australia's most promising young pole-vaulters, widely regarded as a potential medallist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Matthew has been an outstanding role model and ambassador for the school and public education. Kathryn Millar, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School Kathryn is an inspirational yet modest young woman who has shown great determination to overcome considerable barriers in order to complete her secondary schooling. Kathryn has been an enthusiastic participant in school life and has maintained an outstanding academic record. She is currently Dux of Year 12 and is looking forward to attending university. Her achievements have also been recognised by Campbelltown City Council and the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce. She has also shown her determination to help others by training as a Literacy Tutor for younger students struggling with literacy issues and using the Internet to chat with and inspire young people with disabilities in other countries. Kathryn is an inspiration to her peers and is a most deserving candidate for this Award. Bianca May, Hurlstone Agricultural High School Bianca is the School Captain and has excelled in all areas of school life. She is one of the most outstanding students ever to have attended the school. In addition to her role of School Captain and involvement in Music, sporting, debating and public speaking activities, Bianca has served as Interact President 2005-2006, is a Senior Cadet Officer, an Australian Defence Force Academy

Scholarship holder and was named New South Wales Army Cadet of the Year in 2005. Bianca is a fearless upholder of school tradition and an inspirational role model of the highest moral integrity. Melissa Coade, East Hills Girls Technology High School Melissa, the School's Vice Captain and SRC representative for many years, is an exceptional student who has achieved outstanding results throughout her years of schooling. She has demonstrated high academic achievement and excelled in leadership. Melissa has been awarded the Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award by the Australian Army, presented to students who have shown academic and sporting achievement and who have demonstrated a high level of leadership potential. Melissa is an excellent role model to younger students and her peers. She demonstrates enthusiasm as well as the ability to inspire and lead others. Her academic and personal qualities should ensure her success in whatever pathway Melissa selects to follow. She is a great advocate for youth.

SYDNEY REGION

Olivia Bible, St George Girls High School Olivia is an outstanding student who exemplifies the core values expected of students in NSW public schools. She is an exceptional academic achiever who excels in the highly competitive school environment of St George Girls. A superb debater and public speaker, Olivia has represented Australia in public speaking at international level. Olivia also has a highly developed social conscience and this is evident in the manner in which she has carried out her leadership roles as school prefect and SRC President, as well as becoming involved in extensive community service activities. Olivia contributes to all aspects of school life and is to be particularly commended for the time she gives to charitable and volunteer work. She is a gifted orator, a fine sports woman, a natural leader and a socially aware and responsible citizen. Olivia represents all the best qualities the NSW public education system seeks to foster. Michael Condie, Fort Street High School Michael is an outstanding young man who exemplifies the values and traditions of Fort Street School and public education. He is an ambassador of the highest order, academic achiever, student leader and one who gives back to the community in the most responsible and thoughtful manner. Michael has been a wonderful advocate for Aboriginal culture and is a recognised student leader at national level.

Sadaya Marathe, Fort Street High School Sadaya is a fine young woman who exemplifies the values and traditions of Fort Street. She has been a participant across the broad spectrum of activities. Sadaya has achieved national recognition in Science and leadership and has participated at State level in debating and sport. She has also given her time to support the homeless. Briannon McLoughlin, St George Girls High School Briannon is an outstanding all rounder who has performed with distinction in the academic environment of St George Girls. She is a very capable public speaker and represented all senior students in the Sydney Region at the Official Opening of the School Year. Briannon is a natural leader and fulfils her position as School Captain with integrity, poise and dignity. She is also a gifted sportswoman who has participated in a wide range of sports at a very distinguished level. Briannon demonstrates the core values of the NSW public education system through her volunteer and charitable work as well as through her commitment to give back to the school by coaching junior sporting teams and choreographing dance groups. As well as being a highly capable musician, Briannon is an intelligent, mature and responsible young woman of whom public education can be very proud. Rose Bollard, Sydney Girls High School Rose is an outstanding young woman with exceptional leadership qualities. As School Captain she is an inspiration to all. Rose has shown great pride and commitment in every task she undertakes. Her positive `can-do' attitude places her in good stead amongst her peers. Rose regularly seeks further responsibilities that allow her to develop, learn and grow. Her pleasant disposition and her love of life are contagious. She has the capacity to inspire others and has had a positive impact on morale within the school and community. Rose is an excellent role model in her organisation of the Red Cross Blood Drive for students in Yeas 11 and 12. She was active in the school's participation in the `Gold Week Challenge' where funds were raised for the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital. These and other activities in which Rose is involved have made her an outstanding ambassador for public education.

WESTERN REGION

Thomas Fixter, Orange High School Thomas is a very talented student who has achieved academic excellence. As a prefect and pivotal member of the SRC he displays great leadership skills. Thomas is a mature and caring young man who demonstrates great sensitivity when dealing with difficult situations. He has been an active member of the school community involving himself in

sport, debating and the annual school performance. A natural leader, Thomas is an excellent role model for other students and a great ambassador for NSW public education. Avantika Basu, Bathurst High School Avantika is an outstanding leader in the Bathurst High School community. She is a dynamic force in the school's leadership team, organising events, support for charity and initiatives that benefit all students. Avantika is a gifted student academically, having been accelerated in Mathematics and achieving high levels in statewide competitions in other subjects. She has represented the school in sporting and cultural events with distinction. Avantika has also made a difference to youth in the wider community as a leading member of the City's Youth Council. Bathurst High School is very honoured to nominate Avantika for this Award.

WESTERN SYDNEY REGION

Rowan Kellam, Cumberland High School Rowan is School Captain and an outstanding academic performer. In recent HSC assessments he was placed first in Biology and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and in the top 3 places in four other subjects. He was awarded a distinction in the National Chemistry Quiz, a Macquarie University prize for Science and school bronze, silver, gold and Principal's awards in recognition of academic achievement. Rowan represented Australia as an Australian Schoolboys Open Rugby Union player in 2005. He is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and an Eastwood Colts 1st player. He is a Sydney West and NSW `blue' recipient. Rowan is a 2006 Energy Australia School Sporting Achievement Scholarship holder and was a finalist in the 2005 Sydney Morning Herald Schoolboy Rugby Union Player of the Year competition. In the wider community, Rowan has received citizenship awards. He is a regular volunteer at the Children's Hospital, a Lions Youth of the Year finalist and an Australian Youth Development Program participant, a student peer tutor and mediator, a mentor in the school's boys' education enrichment program and a volunteer at a local out-of-hours care centre. Rowan represents the best in students from public high schools: a focus on high achievement across a broad range of endeavours and a commitment to helping others. Else Kennedy, Penrith High School Else is an outstanding student who epitomises the values of public education through her strong sense of school service, her excellent leadership and her love of learning. She has made a particularly impressive contribution to the work of

Amnesty International at school and State levels. Sebastian Weller, Colo High School Sebastian is an exceptional and inspirational person. As School Captain, Sebastian has demonstrated exemplary leadership being highly personable and enthusiastic while being a role model to other students. He strives for and achieves excellence in all areas of his schooling. Sebastian consistently performs at the highest levels academically, culturally and on the sporting field. He has been a Zone and Area champion in the NSW Public speaking competition and was selected in the Sydney West Debating Team. In the sporting arena, Sebastian has represented at the Combined High School level in swimming, cross country and athletics. He epitomises the values taught in NSW public schools. Alyssa Cassidy, Model Farms High School Alyssa Cassidy is School Captain and has shown excellence in academic, sporting and cultural achievements. Few reach the pinnacles of achievement and leadership attained by this most inspirational young woman. Most recently her personal attributes were acknowledged by the award of a Certificate of Commendation for Service to the Community through the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association. Her leadership and public speaking skills are exemplary having been a winner of the Lions Youth of the Year 2006, state runner up on two occasions of the `Oz Speak' public speaking competition and a keynote speaker at various Women's leadership days. Alyssa is also an accomplished musician. She has devoted much of her time to charity work and local community activities.

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