Winners – Macarthur 2021
Academic (Junior - 12yrs & under)
Imtehan Ahmed has a passion for books which constantly motivates him to new academic horizons. This passion combined with his academic excellence has resulted in many awards for Maths, English and Spelling. Imtehan is also highly commended by his school teachers often, for various writing and sporting events.
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Academic (Senior - 13 to 17yrs)
Grace Kendall was the most outstanding Year 10 academic student of St Patricks College last year. As well as being gifted academically, she is a talented pianist, completed her Grade 6 AMEB exam with honours, and sings in her school choir. At an inter-school level, Grace has won several public speaking and debating contests.
Sponsored by Marsdens Law Group
Academic (Special Needs)
10 year old Brooklyn Hughes has been educating other students at school about autism by writing speeches to allow others to see the daily struggles of somebody with autism through her eyes.
Sponsored by We Are Community
Community Service (Junior 12yrs & under)
9 year old Noah Brough is on the autism spectrum. He has a huge heart for a little boy and helps take out neighbours bins, and rewards local police officers with tea and biscuits for keeping us safe. A stint in hospital due to epilepsy inspired Noah to begin selling his homemade fridge magnets to raise funds to make sensory kits for other children with special needs in hospital emergency rooms.
Sponsored by Angel Feather Foundation
Community Service (Senior 13 to 17yrs)
Charlotte Wilkie has been volunteering with we are community for the last four years. Charlotte loves spending her time doing night patrol with her mum every week. Charlotte always has a smile on her face and says the best thing about volunteering is helping others.
Sponsored by Glass Centrale
Peter Jones has the proverbial green thumb and has developed an amazing garden. He has a passion for our natural environment and is often found trying to revive dying plants. His work at the Green Thumb Creative Kids Workshop was outstanding in the succulent pet plant project 2020 and also planting Lettuce in 2021.
Sponsored by Ultimate Suspension Australia
Fine Arts (Junior 12yrs & under)
Sheera Afsheen is passionate about her drawing and painting. She uses her wonderful artwork in personalised cards for all occasions. She pursues her artistic studies at Campbelltown Arts Centre with watercolours and acrylic and was recognised as one of the top artists in the Creative Kids Aboriginal Painting competition.
Sponsored by Casey’s Toys
Fine Arts (Senior 13 to 17yrs)
Marie Victor’s artistic pursuits draw inspiration from her African heritage. Her recent textile project, an outstanding and colourful shirt with African fabrics and motifs, has been selected by her school as one of the top works for 2021. Her Fine Arts teacher at St Patricks College has stated that Marie’s skills and creativity are far beyond her years.
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Fine Arts (Special Needs)
Brie Ricketts is a talented artist and is a Year 10 student in the autism unit at Ambarvale High School. She enjoys most forms of arts and crafts and was popular at Campbelltown Ghost Scouts special needs group for helping the younger children develop their creativity. Brie expresses her Aboriginal heritage through wonderful dot paintings.
Sponsored by Minto Marketplace
Leadership (Junior 12yrs & under)
Juliet Plummer was awarded the prestigious Junior BP by Ruse Girl Guides. A Patrol Leader supporting younger Guides, she exhibits great leadership qualities during Girl Guide Programs. She is a School Prefect and Library Monitor at Leumeah Public School.
Sponsored by Syed Partners
Leadership (Senior 13 to 17 years)
Benard Kodsy is constantly using the leadership skills he has learnt through Scouting in his daily life to assist people from all ages and walks of life. Notably, he encouraged an older family friend over 60 to go kayaking. Benard wrote and ran the “messenger of peace” program for the Joey section and obtained the Grey Wolf Award – the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve.
Sponsored by Quest Apartments Campbelltown
As a junior support educator at ASPIRE OSHC Camden, Abbey Clancey stands out amongst her peers and is on par with work expectations for adult educators. Abbey has become a trusted source of assistance and comfort for children who are starting their primary school education and is an inspiration to the entire team.
Sponsored by MWLP
Performing Arts (Individual Junior 12yrs & under)
At just 8 years old, Amelia Noble-Murray is currently the national champion for song and dance, singing and ballet at the Showcase National Dance Championships. She also plays piano and drums . Amelia’s professional credits include several television appearances including on Jay Jungle, Hiccup and Sneeze, and Nickleodean’s Shimmer and Shine.
Sponsored by Oz Funland
Performing Arts (Individual Senior 13 to 17yrs)
Sakura is a born performer who excels across multiple art forms. She is a leading member of the Macarthur Youth Ballet ensemble where she has played lead in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. She is also a talented harpist who performs with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Hills Symphony and locally the Fishers Ghost Youth Orchestra. Sakura volunteers her time to perform at local charity events.
Sponsored by Stylz Signs
Performing Arts (Special Needs)
Emma Hughes has ADHD, Autism and Tourettes and uses her lived experience of these conditions to shape her comedy routines. She brings awareness and helps change the perception of people with disabilities through her performances. Emma was in the NSW finals for 2020 for Melbourne Comedy Festivals Class Clowns was recently honoured to perform at Good Morning Macarthur’s 100 Episode celebration.
Sponsored by Fitzpatrick + Robinson
Performing Arts (Group)
Kishore Shangho is a cultural musical group which is supported by the Sydney Bangalee Community Inc. Performing at several major festivals throughout Sydney, the group has received many awards. They are proud of receiving commendations from renowned singer Dilruba Khan, reciter Ahakam Mullah and Shimul Mostofa.
Sponsored by Reynolds Lending Solutions
Outstanding Apprentice, Trainee or Vocational Student
Thomas Liardo currently works in retail, and is planning to attend University to commence studies in Agriculture Design. Wiseberry Campbelltown nominated Thomas as Work Placement Student of the Year, since he was fantastic at completing all tasks given to him, quickly, accurately and sincerely.
Sponsored by MWLP
Sports (Junior 12yrs & under)
In 2021 Hannah Spannenberg is the Macarthur Rams Women U12 representative team goalkeeper. She has conceded only 1 goal this season, helping her team to an unbeaten record to date! Hannah was 1 of only 5 girls who were part of the 2020 Football NSW Goal Keeper Academy, is a sports House-Captain and NSW Premier’s Sports Challenge Ambassador.
Sponsored by McDonalds Macarthur
Sports (Senior 13 to 17yrs)
Jack O’Toole is a multifaceted martial arts exponent with 21 belts! An adult Brown belt in Hapkido, he is adept at Brazilain Jiu Jitsu in which he recently received his Adult Blue Belt. At 16, Jack is the first ever Australian to be sponsored by the prestigious US-based Elite Sports, and was a Finalist in the Seven News Young Achiever Awards.
Sponsored by Rosemeadow Marketplace
Sports (Special Needs)
John Dimech-O’Connell was diagnosed with an eye cancer called Retinoblastoma at the age of 6 months and underwent numerous rounds of chemo therapy. John lost all his central vision in his left eye and has 2 cysts in the front part if his brain. In 2020/21 John has achieved State and National pool and open water times and competed at these levels. He has won numerous medals. John is also part of St Gregory’s College school soccer, tennis, triathalon and AFL teams.
Sponsored by Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
Technology & Innovation
Daniya Syed is a Year 11 student at Unity Grammar School. She has been a recipient of Gifted And Talented (GAT) program for the past 3 years where she developed
- Mobile Application ‘RoboAssist’
- Heart Rate monitor that assists patients by keeping track of BPM ‘MediAssist’
- Robotic Hand to assist people with disability ‘BionicAssist’.
Daniya was a finalist of the New South Wales Women of the Year Award 2021.
Sponsored by Help 2U
Junior Overall Encouragement Award
Despite her numerous chronic health issues including ITP, Tourette’s Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anxiety, and Gastrointestinal Disease, Madison Sillett has demonstrated courage, strength and resilience. She is a three-time #1 best-selling co-author, published by the Child Author Project. 7 year old Madison established her own home-based baking business, Flaky Bakey Neenish Tarts, and was Camden Young Citizen of the Year 2021.
Sponsored by Totally Locally Committed Party
Senior Overall Encouragement Award
Layla Elali rated very highly across multiple categories. She’s an extremely diligent employee and is involved in many co-curricular activities at St Patricks College and in the larger community. She has received multiple awards including a special award from Dr Mike Freelander our Federal MP.
Sponsored by Productivity Bootcamp
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