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Wattle Range Youth Recognised at Awards Presentation

24 April 2018

The 2018 Wattle Range Youth Recognition Awards presentation night was held last Wednesday, 17 April, at the Millicent Community Club, in conjunction with the Millicent Lions Club.

“The outstanding contributions that these young individuals have made were applauded by the over 70 people who gathered for this presentation” Council’s Director Development Services, Steve Chapple said.

 “Their quiet achievements in both the local and wider community are enormous and often not recognised, but on this night, they were celebrated.

“Council recognises the important and valuable contributions our youth make to our community.

“There were five award categories for youth (12-25 years), with all nominees receiving a certificate. Each of the six award winners also received a certificate, glass plaque and $200 prize money. This is made possible through the sponsorship provided for three consecutive years by the Millicent Medical Clinic, Glen Carron Transport and Kimberly Clark Australia (Millicent Mill) and also, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, who were new to come on board this year.

“Each of the five awards represents a unique aspect of our community” he said.

Contributions to the Community / Community Involvement Award -  Sponsored by the Millicent Medical Clinic

Recognises an individual aged between 12-25 years who has made a positive contribution to the community, has volunteered their time to help others and/or is an active member of the community (Volunteering with community group/school) 

This award was won by Sally Sapiatzer. Sally is a Youth Ambassador with the Cancer Council. Sally has raised awareness of ‘Sun Safety’ with all the primary schools in our district, through visits where she held activities, distributed pamphlets and discussed the benefits of being sun smart. Sally has also promoted sun safety at local community events; walking around, talking to people, distributing pamphlets and promoting her message. Sally has raised over $1,500 though fundraising activities, including sausage sizzle, Biggest Morning Tea and a wear Yellow Day for Primary Schools. Sally has not let any of these extra activities impact on her studies. She is a high achiever, member of Student Representative Council and is involved in Harmony Day activities.

Employment Achievement whilst Learning -  Sponsored by Kimberly Clark Australia (Millicent Mill)

Recognises an individual aged between 12-25 years whose innovation and ideas have been recognised by peers. 

This award was won by Madi Turner. Since starting with her employer, South East Property Sales, after successfully completing her year 12 studies in 2017, Madi has contributed many bright and clever ideas to help brand and promote the business. She has quickly mastered how to deal with “all walks of life”. She has the ability to make everyone feel they are valued. She has understood her employers business quickly and the strong sense of community the business has. Madi is quick to offer assistance and has a “can do” attitude where she doesn’t view her job as 9-5, and is willing to go over and above to meet deadlines. 

Learning Success (Continual Improvement) -  Sponsored by the Limestone Coast Regional Development Board

Recognises an individual aged between 12-25 years who works to continually improve themselves or assists others in learning outcomes. 

This award was jointly won by Nadine McRobert and Phoebe Tregenza.

Nadine is a mature aged student who was able to complete her SACE despite complicated family matters in 2017. Around this same time, Nadine began another voyage of discovery when not only one but two of her children and partner were diagnosed with challenging health conditions. Nadine has 3 children of her own as well as being the carer for her primary school aged brother. Throughout the year she remained focused on this personal challenge and became a role model to many younger students at the Millicent Community Learning Centre.

Phoebe is a dedicated and highly successful Year 11 student at the Penola High School. She is a highly principled and committed student who always gives her best and applied herself assiduously to her studies. Phoebe was named dux of her year in 8, 9 and 10 and received the Barker Shield for Academic Achievement at the Penola High School Presentation Night in 2017. In this year, she became a Kwong Lee Dow Scholar and was a State Finalist in the General Division of the National History Challenge. With a partner she participated in the State Secondary School Culinary Challenge in Adelaide. The time they decided to practice before the event was well rewarded when they received gold medals for their efforts and achieved a score only half a point behind that of the winning pair. Phoebe was also a member for the group of 4 girls who won the Best Overall Team award in the Junior Section at the MASA Maths Quiz Night held for students from schools across the district of PHS. Phoebe was the Year 10 winner of the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award. This year, Phoebe is studying Year 12 English while still a Year 11 student. She competed in the Penola heat of the Lions Year of the Year Quest, winning both the Public Speaking and overall sections. Phoebe subsequently represented the community in the Regional finals held in Robe where she acquitted herself well.

Commitment for Phoebe does not stop at the classroom door. As well as supporting those around her in the learning, Phoebe has also used her skills as a pianist at school functions and has had significant roles in school productions. Phoebe belongs to the local hockey club, and through her church, has been involved in support programs in Fiji.

Helping Out Family and/or Friends -  Sponsored by Glen Carron Transport

Recognises an individual aged between 12-25 years who has assisted tirelessly a family or  friend in need. 

The award was won by Karla Lambert. Karla has provided tremendous support to both her family and friends over the years. She is a very caring and compassionate person who sees a need and quietly fills that need.

Karla is currently completing year 11 at Millicent High School and has aspirations for university. As well as being a caring and reliable friend, she has assisted her sister with her baby in numerous ways.

Karla is generous with her time and money to both friends and family.

Overcoming Challenging Life Situation Award -  Sponsored by the Wattle Range Council

Recognises an individual aged between 12-25 years who has turned a negative situation into a positive. They have had the courage to get through a bad situation and show great resilience and determination. This person is someone who inspires others. 

This award was won by Blane Combarngo. Blane is a young man who has been able to achieve positive outcomes from his previously challenging lifestyle/upbringing as a youth.

Blane had the self-awareness to recognise that he needed to make changes to his personal situation. He subsequently left the environment he was in and, as a young man, moved to Millicent. Blane, whilst unemployed, rented a small unit and looked for ways of building a positive future for himself. Blane connected with a local Millicent girl, who through her family provided him with a positive stable family unit. Blane started work with the work for the dole Program at Noorla Yo-Long, where he worked hard during this program and sought to achieve more for himself and being able to seek employment and being able to actively volunteer within the community.

He has been involved in the Millicent Scout Group, where now is a Scout Leader and has been continuing to study Scout leadership training modules over the last three years. He has volunteered his time at Newbery Park Primary School with the breakfast program and school sports day. Initially employed on a casual basis at Noorla Yo-Long, now he is a high rope challenge facilitator and a very important part of this team.

He has a second job as a plumber’s assistant, working for a local Millicent firm. He continues to build a positive future in our community as he inspires others around him. Our community has benefited from this young man moving into our region.

“Council would like to again thank the generous sponsors of the awards, nominees and their supporters in assisting Council to recognise the many talents, contributions and achievements of the youth of our region, we look forward to your continuing support” Mr Chapple concluded.


Youth Recognition Award Winners 2018

Pictured: Award recipients and nominees in attendance on the night
Top (L to R): Ashe Montecillo, Jack Kain, Samuel Linton, Phoebe Tregenza, Blane Combarngo
Bottom (L to R): Sally Sapiatzer, Karla Lambert, Madi Turner, Nadine McRobert 


For further information please contact

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services

Email:                      swc@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:              (08) 8733 0900 


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