Modelled on NASCA’s values, we will recognise student achievement and excellence in five categories;
Trust Winner- Emma Parsons
Emma was our trust award winner for 2022. Emma is a proud Murrawarri woman who is proud of her culture and enjoys painting, music and her Jo Jo bows. Emma has consistent high standards of her behaviour and co-operation at school and this has shown with her receiving 6 rise (respect, integrity, strive & equity) awards during year 11 in her inclusion and support classes.
Integrity Winner – Shaylah Thompson
Since implementing our Young Womens Academies across NSW, Shaylah has been there from the beginning. Shaylah has shown staff, her peers and community that she is a strong and proud Dunghutti Woman and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She has strong morals and values, and carries an extensive amount of honesty. Everyday, she upholds the NASCA values within her school and community.
Integrity Winner – Jenara Walters
Jenara’s qualities of leadership, consistency and respect never go unnoticed. Her pride and Integrity shimmer daily. She has experienced the Dubbo Youth Conference where she felt deeply connected to her culture, young people and staff. This young woman is a triumphant, bright and bubbly individual who always strives to achieve her best in all aspects of her life, she is a member of NASCA’s 2022 youth advisory committee and a vital member of our Academy at Airds.
Cultural Pride & Inclusion Winner – Nikylah-Lee Byno
Coming from the small community of Weilmoringle in Far Western NSW with a population of around 30 people, Dubbo South Campus year 9 student and young women’s academy leader, Nikylah-Lee Byno is always one of the first people to raise their hand to represent our academy. She is an AMAZING artist who uses art to connect to her home, family, culture and other young people within the academy. She has co-designed the 2021 NAIDOC shirts for the staff of Dubbo College South Campus and recently created a huge 4m x 2m mural for the schools 2022 NAIDOC Celebrations. Nikylah is also our academy’s representative on the Youth Voice Committee.
Excellence Winner – Shakyiah Elmes
A strong, Wiradjuri / Kamilaroi Woman who has been announced as 2023 school captain at Wellington High School, has been rewarded and recognised as our excellence winner. Shakyiah is a valued member of the local, NASCA and school community. She is a natural born leader and a highly looked upon role model to our younger women within the academy. As Shakyiah enters year 12, she obtains her school based traineeship with Allied Health at the Dubbo Base hospital whilst maintaining a high attendance rate and high standard of studies. We look forward to continuing our journey with you on completing year 12 and your future endeavours post school.
Excellence Winner – Breeanna Horne
Kempsey High’s year . Breeanna is a proud Dunghutti woman from the Mid North Coast. She strives for excellence and pushes herself as a dedicated and enthusiastic student who always achieves her best and applies herself in all areas of school life. She has excelled academically and is consistently in uniform and upholds all the NASCA values
and the school values daily. Breeanna excels both in the classroom and within the sporting arena. Breeannas growth and significant achievements over the years have been exceptional and we look forward to supporting and mentoring her in the next 4 years of her journey.
Collaboration Winner – Kalani Gray Reece
Proud Gimuoy, Walaburry, Ydinji from Far North Queensland, Kalani Gray Reece who has only been enrolled in the NASCA program since the beginning of 2022 at Tempe High School, has shown his people, his peers, his school and communities what it’s like to be a true leader.
Participating in CareerFit, GARMA Festival, Dubbo NAIDOC Youth Conference & TIG Olympics, Kalani has built many strong connections with young people, staff, corporate partners and educators.
Kalani is a hard working, driven young man who in the future aspires to work with NASCA in one way or another so he can share his experiences and guide future young people in the right direction.
Collaboration Winner – Keisha Alderton
Keisha is a proud Dharug woman from Western Sydney where she attends Glenmore Park High School as a year 10 student. Keisha’s NASCA journey began in year 8, since then she has had an exceptional amount of personal growth gaining confidence, leadership and cultural knowledge.
Keisha attended CareerFit and the Dubbo NAIDOC Youth Conference where she connected with other young people and learnt more about herself, her culture and what her future could look like. She is passionate about working together and embracing her culture through song, dance and education.