Thomas Brown Wins State Award

Thomas Brown University Senior College Create Change Award

Thomas Brown has won the prestigious University Senior College Create Change Award in the 2018 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards and was presented onstage by Anita Zocchi, Principal, University Senior College.
Thomas won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of twelve category winners announced on Friday 11th May at Hilton Adelaide. The Awards were hosted by Will McDonald, Weekend Presenter, Nine News.
500 guests were in attendance at the Gala event, including official guest The Honourable Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection, representing the Premier of South Australia, to celebrate the States high achievers and community contributors.

Thomas Brown, 26 of Mylor is passionate about education, international development and Asia-Australia relations. Living between Adelaide and Indonesia, he is co-founder of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association and the Jakarta Development Network. He has worked on social enterprise startups; OrientAbroad and AsiaOptions to entice more international students and connect Australia’s future leaders with engagement opportunities in Asia. He is the Indonesian Director of Same Skies, providing education and other services to refugee children.

The twelve category winners are:
• Christine Glenn, 29 of Elizabeth North – Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award
• Mimona Abdalla, 19 of Salisbury East – Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award
• Sarah Hammond, 24 of Echunga – Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award
• Emily Rawlings, 18 of Whyalla – Santos Regional Service Award
• Lauren Heddle, 17 of Upper Sturt – Scouts SA Leadership Award
• Lachlan Etherton, 16 of Greenwith – First National Real Estate Innovation Award
• Daniel Thorpe, 26 of Bowden – The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• Franke Agenbag, 18 of Marananga – The University of Adelaide STEM Award
• Thomas Brown, 26 of Mylor – University Senior College Create Change Award
• Kira Bain, 18 of Ingle Farm – Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award
• Kurtis Marschall, 20 of Happy Valley – Worldwide Sports Award
• Jordan Gruber – Frontier Microscopy, 25 of Seacliff – WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award

Jordan Gruber – Frontier Microscopy was later announced as the 2018 Premier’s Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year.


The Awards night culminated a tremendously successful year with 300 nominations received from across South Australia.

Further information about Thomas Brown can be obtained by phoning the Awards office on 8132 0753, 0413 020 552 or by emailing

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