LOCAL ABORIGINAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced Oxley High School student Lahkeisha Cook at the 2016 Local Aboriginal Student of the Year.
Mr Anderson said Ms Cook is extremely deserving of the award and is a shining example of what you can achieve when you put your heart and mind to a goal.
“Lahkeisha is a caring and dedicated young lady who takes pride in her Aboriginality and is a fantastic leader and contributor to her school and her community.
“It was evident by the people present when Lahkeisha received her award that she is well respected and held in high regard by both her teachers and her peers which is why she is so deserving of this award.
“Harnessing the potential of our young people is something that I am passionate about. When we invest time and energy in young people we are investing in all of our futures.”
Oxley High School Aboriginal Education Officer Janine Way nominated Ms Cook and said Lahkeisha is an exceptional young lady.
“Lahkeisha is highly intelligent, honest and reliable. She has an admirable work ethic, shows concern for the welfare of others and takes on leadership roles. She takes pride in all she does and always conducts herself with the utmost integrity at all times.”
Mr Anderson said Ms Cook was also invited to take part in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Forum which brought together the top 20 award winners from across the state to meet with Aboriginal, business and Government leaders.
“Lahkeisha represented her school and her community extremely well at the Emerging Leaders Forum and it was an absolute pleasure to host such a positive role model for young women at Parliament House.
“I congratulate all of this year’s nominees and encourage you all to continue the great work that you are doing,” Mr Anderson concluded.