Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards – The Winners

University Senior College was proud to support the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards for its inaugural ‘Create Change’ award.  Congratulations to the following three finalists who have each created a path to initiate change to improve the foundations of many communities both here and worldwide.

Bryce Eldredge, 23 of Kybunga launched The Rural Network, an online community website in 2016. The Rural Network assists over 63 rural South Australian communities who need to outsource tasks, to find skilled people. Bryce is a member of the CFS, the Australian Defence Force Reserves and volunteers at local sporting clubs. He educates entrepreneurs in start-up businesses and continues to work in the family’s farming business. Bryce studied Business & Entrepreneurship to assist him in running his business.

Mathew D’Onofrio, 19 of Unley is a qualified First Responder for St. John Ambulance. After seeing many people in need of medical and hospital assistance after a party, he began Nightlife First Aid. Nightlife First Aid provides a service specialised for parties and other events; to create safe partying environments for young people. Mathew was a finalist in City of Unley’s Fish Tank (Amateur Shark Tank) and a South Australian State Finalist for Australian of the Year.

Tessa Henwood-Mitchell, 29 of Aldinga Beach founded not-for-profit organisation TIA (Spanish for Aunty) in 2009. TIA’s ValenTIA (meaning ‘courage’) Transition Program, has provided workshops for 100 Bolivian teenagers to support transition into independent living after exiting state care. Tessa has raised over $200,000 and TIA has 4 local Bolivian staff and over 100 volunteers. TIA also created a music and computer program for blind and vision impaired children and repaired a broken water system at a children’s home in Bolivia.

Congratulations to the winner of the ‘Create Change’ award – Tessa Henwood-Mitchell

Tessa Henwood-Mitchell 2017 Winner – University Senior College Create Change

Supporting a group of aspirational young people aligns with the ethos of University Senior College in encouraging young people to discover the excitement of learning and to unleash their potential.

As a school that fosters and encourages not only academic achievement for year 11 and 12 students but also community focussed advancement, it was a joy to see University Senior College Old Scholars standing up as finalists in other categories of the Young Achiever Awards.

University Senior College is a new start for every student, providing them with the opportunity to be among a cohort of like-minded students in a stimulating and dynamic learning environment.  It offers a powerful formula for each individual to build resilience and develop the skills of an independent learner.  USC looks forward to continuing to support the partnership with the Channel 9 Young Achiever Award, and to see the bright future that lies ahead for both tonight’s, and future nominees, who are creating change in their chosen fields.

Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

2017 Winners of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

2017 category winners onstage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner.

 

Overall Winner – The Premier’s Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year

Erin Fowler, 28 of Adelaide is a dancer, choreographer and musician. Her award winning, environmental dance film “Gaia” has been screened across the world at 23 film festivals. Erin is working on a documentary investigating the environmental and culturally significant sacred river Nila in Southern India. In 2013 Erin started “The Mill”, with co-Artistic Director, Amber Cronin, a creative hub for local artists with an internationally reaching program of opportunities. Since inception, “The Mill” has raised over $150,000 in funds to support artists.

 

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award

Ellie Lovegrove, 22 of Bellevue Heights is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman, a singer and a member of the Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group. She has toured throughout Australia, creating music that empowers; celebrates her Aboriginality and challenges negative stereotypes. Ellie visits schools and speaks to students about racism and building resilience. She presented at the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Creative Health Workshop educating young people on sexual health and safety. Ellie mentors young Aboriginal people and is a role model by example.

The Honourable Susan Close MP Minister for Education and Child Development presented Ellie Lovegrove with the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award

 

Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award

Kbora Ali, 19 of Keswick arrived from Afghanistan in 2007 as a refugee. At school, she organised and ran cultural events promoting unity and acceptance of diverse cultures and beliefs. Kbora was a significant part of the #achildlikeme initiative, supporting and creating awareness for children locked up in Australian detention centres. She achieved an ATAR of 97, is an international Martial arts competitor and the first female of Muslim Afghan refugee background to be recruited in the Australian Army.

Susie Wilke, Research & Policy Officer, Multicultural Youth SA presented Kbora Ali with the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award

 

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award

Emma Kelly, 22 of Walkerville initiated the Yalata Kidney Health Festival. Six medical and nursing students travelled to the remote indigenous community of Yalata to run educational and fun workshops and activities at the local school and healthcare centres. Hosted over three days, the Festival has a strong emphasis on teaching and inspiring community members on ways to maintain good kidney health. Emma has been invited to present about the festival at the WONCA Rural Health Conference.

Lesley Johns, Media and Communications, Rural Doctors Workforce Agency presented Emma Kelly with the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award

 

Santos Regional Service Award

Jackson Wickham, 17 of Renmark is the youngest ever deckhand on the PS Industry, an antique paddle steamer and tourist attraction. He is on the PS Industry management committee and is the editor of their newsletter. He is also a member of Cobdogla Steam & Irrigation Museum and Bangalore Homestead. Jackson has also attained his bronze medallion, white card and boat license. Jackson won Renmark’s 2015 Young Citizen of the year and his goal is to be a Murray Master.

Naomi James, Executive Vice President EHS & Governance, Santos presented Jackson Wickham with the Santos Regional Service Award

 

Scouts SA Leadership Award

Elisabeth Beltrame, 28 of Marleston has been an active leader in Rotary International for over eight years and facilitates the Rotary Youth Leadership and Enrichment Programs. In 2012, Elisabeth established the Rotaract Club of Adelaide City for 18-30 year old’s. Last year, she became the youngest President in the District. She has brought to her club fresh ideas and young members with a focus on fundraising for youth and women in developing countries and empowering women through education.

Harry Long, Chief Commissioner, Scouts SA presented Elisabeth Beltrame with the Scouts SA Leadership Award

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Erin Fowler, 28 of Adelaide is a dancer, choreographer and musician. Her award winning, environmental dance film “Gaia” has been screened across the world at 23 film festivals. Erin is working on a documentary investigating the environmental and culturally significant sacred river Nila in Southern India. In 2013 Erin started “The Mill”, with co-Artistic Director, Amber Cronin, a creative hub for local artists with an internationally reaching program of opportunities. Since inception, “The Mill” has raised over $150,000 in funds to support artists.

John Lazarou, Director, The Coffee Club presented Tess Fowler, representing Erin Fowler with The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

 

The University of Adelaide – Science and Technology Award

Ysabella Van Sebille, 27 of Beulah Park is completing her PhD researching the toxic effects of anti-cancer therapies on the gastrointestinal tract. Her research has been translated into clinical trials and has received many awards. Ysabella has been invited to write the international clinical guidelines for the prevention and management of mucositis. Ysabella is an ambassador for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She mentors students and volunteers as a tutor for the Australian Refugee Association.

Professor Robert Hill, Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide presented Ysabella Van Sebille with The University of Adelaide – Science and Technology Award

 

University Senior College Create Change Award

Tessa Henwood-Mitchell, 29 of Aldinga Beach founded not-for-profit organisation TIA (Spanish for Aunty) in 2009. TIA’s ValenTIA (meaning ‘courage’) Transition Program, has provided workshops for 100 Bolivian teenagers to support transition into independent living after exiting state care. Tessa has raised over $200,000 and TIA has 4 local Bolivian staff and over 100 volunteers. TIA also created a music and computer program for blind and vision impaired children and repaired a broken water system at a children’s home in Bolivia.

Carmen Bishop, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, University Senior College presented Barry Mitchell, representing Tessa Henwood-Mitchell with the University Senior College Create Change Award

 

Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award

Emmah Evans, 29 of Woodcroft is a Cystic Fibrosis fighter, a Mother, a wife, an author and a motivational speaker. She is an Ambassador for both Cure4CF Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Australia. Emmah has been interviewed on television and press, raising awareness that 1 in 25 people carry the CF gene. In 2016, she spent over 500 hours organising a high tea ‘Fearless’, raising over $14,000 for Cure4CF Foundation. Her Facebook page “CF Mummy” has 3,400 followers.

Michelle Crichton, Managing Solicitor, Websters Lawyers presented Emmah Evans with the Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award

Worldwide Printing Solutions Sports Award

Kyle Chalmers OAM, 18 of Glenelg North was the first Australian in 48 years to win Gold in the 100m Freestyle. He left the 2016 Rio Olympics with an additional 2 Bronze medals in the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays. He was awarded the 2016 Male Sports Person of the Year and recently was inducted into the South Australian Swimming Hall of Fame. This year, Kyle was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to swimming.

Open Day May2017 Email A

This entry was posted in Achievements, Local News, News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.