Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today visited Cranebrook High School to announce the inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year for Penrith is Reece Nuttall.
The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.
“As Member for Penrith, I was pleased to nominate Reece for this award,” said Stuart Ayres.
“Reece is an active member in school and community events including performances at NAIDOC celebrations with musical items and traditional dance along with delivering the ‘acknowledgement to country.”
As recognition of his achievements, Reece will receive a certificate and a gift voucher.
As an outstanding nominee, Reece will join other top students from the award nominations across NSW and head to Sydney in August to attend the Emerging Leaders Forum, where they will meet with Aboriginal, business and Government leaders.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said the award program recognises emerging leaders, rewards students’ commitment to their local community and connects students to community leaders and role models.
“The Aboriginal Student of the Year award highlights the outstanding contributions that young leaders are making in their local communities across the State,” said Mrs Williams.
“I warmly congratulate all of the award winners and I look forward to meeting some of them in Sydney later this year.”