The achievements, talents and dedication of young people in Victoria’s Alpine Shire have been celebrated at Alpine Shire Council’s annual Youth Awards.
A record number of young people aged 12 to 21 from across the Shire were nominated for the nine award categories this year, with 56 nominations submitted.
Held at the Mount Beauty Community Centre, 130 people attended the recent awards night, which was organised by the Youth Awards Committee and hosted by Mount Beauty Secondary College students Baylin, Zoe and Natalie.
Mayor, John Forsyth said he was thrilled to celebrate the outstanding efforts and talents of our local young achievers.
“They all have blown us away with their hard work, dedication, and brilliance – the quality of nominations truly impressed us, making it quite a challenge to select the winners,” he said.
“What makes our Shire really special is the abundance of young people who excel in various fields – be it sports, arts, academics, community work, or the workplace.”
Mayor Forsyth said the awards encompass a diverse range of categories, acknowledging the remarkable abilities of local youth and the areas they excel in – academics, proud and deadly, community, endurance and persistence, sport and recreation, performing arts, visual arts and media, and in the workplace.
“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our local businesses and organisations for sponsoring these awards,” he said.
“Their support truly makes a difference and it’s heart-warming to see our community rallying behind our young community members year after year.
“Let’s also not forget those who took the time to nominate these incredible young individuals; teachers, parents, employers, friends, and family – their recognition and efforts are appreciated.”