Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has announced that Reece Nuttall from Cranebrook High School was a finalist in the inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Award and attended a leadership forum in NSW Parliament House.
“As Member for Penrith I am proud to say that Reece was a finalist for this award, which recognises emerging leaders among Aboriginal high school students,” said Stuart Ayres.
“Polite, articulate and committed to his school and community it was terrific to have Reece attend this event,” said Stuart Ayres
Reece was among a small group of finalists chosen from 70 students who were winners of the award.
The finalists headed to Sydney on August 3 to attend the Emerging Leaders Forum in Parliament House.
Aboriginal, business and Government leaders met with the finalists at the forum.
The students also got a tour of Parliament House and a tour of the Aboriginal artefact display at the Australian Museum.
Relieving Principal of Cranebrook High School, Mr Craig Dunne said “The Cranebrook High School community is extremely proud of Reece. Leadership in our community is very highly valued and Reece has demonstrated outstanding skills and commitment to his local school community.”
The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams, who hosted the students at the forum, said the day in Parliament gave the students a chance to interact with inspiring Aboriginal leaders in a range of professions.
“These students are already making outstanding contributions as young leaders in their communities and schools and this forum gave them an opportunity to meet with Aboriginal leaders in the world of entertainment, business and sport,” Mrs Williams said.
“I warmly congratulate all of the finalists and it was pleasure meeting them in Parliament House.”