Sunday, June 23, 2024

Kingston honours finest young citizen

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Robotics wiz and STEM advocate, Josie Thornton, has been named City of Kingston Council’s Young Citizen of the Year for 2023.

The 16-year-old Parkdale Secondary College student was selected from an outstanding group of seven finalists, representing our best and brightest young people, said Kingston Mayor, Hadi Saab (pictured with Josie).

Passionate and dedicated, Josie spends considerable time sharing her knowledge and mentoring and developing her peers. She is also a member of an all-female robotics team who were awarded the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award at a competition in Wollongong, enabling them to go to Houston in the United States to compete, Council said in a statement.

Mayor Saab said the annual awards were a wonderful celebration of the talents and achievements of local young people.

“We encourage our youth to take an active role in our community and we’re proud to host this event to shine a light on their positive contributions,” Mayor Saab said.

“It’s always inspiring to hear the stories of our outstanding nominees and how they are working hard to create better lives for themselves and others. This group are passionate about a cleaner, greener planet and are strong, resilient, outspoken advocates for improvements in their schools and communities.

“They have achieved great things across a wide range of fields and are each making our city an even greater place to be. Congratulations to you all.”

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