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Glenelg Youth Awards

17-year-old Annique Ray was named the April winner of the youth awards for her outstanding efforts within her community. "This year I joined the committee for South West Relay for Life, I am a member of the Blue Light committee (since she was 11 year’s old), I coach the U/11s side at the Western’s Netball Club, and I also play netball," Annique said. But it doesn’t end there, she is also a member of the Glenelg Shire Council’s Youth Advisory Group, assisting with the development of the 2015 Youth Charter, and helping run the Friday Chill event held during National Youth Week. "I became involved with the Youth Advisory through Hayley Dunning (Glenelg Shire Council youth development officer) who was my mentor when I was in the Future Leaders of Industry program last year," Annique said.She is also a part of the Student Leadership Group at her school, Portland Secondary College. Not a bad effort for someone who is tackling the most difficult year of high school. "I enjoy getting involved with these things though, it actually provides a bit of a positive break from study," she explained.Also managing casual work at Bakers Delight, Annique said squeezing in time to study can be difficult, but she has found a way to make sure it gets done."I’m actually a morning person, so I get up and study before school," she said. And how early do these study sessions begin? "The earliest is 5.30am," Annique elaborated, with complete sincerity. It’s hard work that is sure to pay off Annique, who is currently studying a broad range of subjects because she doesn’t know for sure what she would like to do as a career.

"Next year I am planning to take a Gap Year, and then head to uni to study a business degree, because I’m not too sure what I would like to do yet.""I would like to travel next year though; my goal is to walk the Kokoda Track towards the second half of the year."She said she is pleased to receive the recognition, as she enjoyed giving back to a community that has given so much to her.

Annique now joins a group of young individuals between the ages of 10 to 25 nominated by an individual or organisation who have identified outstanding efforts in the field of volunteering, sporting and/or cultural achievements, leadership skills and commitment to their school and local community. To nominate a young person for the awards, contact Lee-Anne Nelson at the Portland Police Station on 5523 1999.

Glenelg Youth Awards


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Photo courtesy of The Portland Observer.