Clever La Trobe students shine at Youth Awards

Seven of La Trobe University’s students were nominated for their outstanding achievements in the community at Mildura Rural City Council's Youth Services Awards, with one student taking home the Individual Artist Prize.

The awards program aims to recognise a diverse range of young people for their achievements and contributions to the community.

La Trobe University Head of Campus, Dr Deb Neal was thrilled to hear about the achievements of students locally. She said, “we have many clever students on our Campus and these are just a few who are doing such wonderful things in our community and it is great to see them recognised at the Youth Awards”.

“It is important for these students that through their education here at the university we continue to foster and grow their passion. Not only in their chosen degree but through opening them up to other opportunities and assisting them to continue their community work,” Dr Neal said.

Students Bryce Watson, Matt Golding and Jack Smith were nominated for their work with the Youth Parliament who successfully enacted a bill into state legislation to raise support payments for out of home care from 18 to 21 and is now in its trial state.

Matt felt inspired, saying “it was great to see all the young people who were not just thinking of themselves but the outer world around them.” Jack agreed with Matt and felt that “being recognised for their work is the encouragement they need to continue to push themselves further and change more lives.”

Other students nominated were Lisa Hocking for the Youth Carer Award, Jessica Baker and Genevieve Pragt for the Youth Volunteer Award and Award winner, Loughie Kemp for the Individual Artist Award.

When asked about the award, Loughie said “being acknowledged for the work I’ve done is amazing. Artists often suffer from self-doubt, so receiving an award from Mildura titled ‘Individual Artist’ is a symbol of support and a reminder to continue doing what I love.”

“What I love about studying at La Trobe Mildura is the freedom to experiment and be vulnerable in my art. It’s somewhere I can be open to learn and better my work and I want to become a vocal member of the art community.”

“The Youth Services Awards are a great reminder of just a few of the talented young people we have in our region and at our University,” Dr Neal said.


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