THREE West Wimmera Shire high school students have been awarded Students Citizenship Awards this month.
Tyler Hayden from Goroke College, Renae Feder from Kaniva College and Rebekah Harrold from Edenhope College all received the 2017 award.
Councillor Bruce Meyer presented the award to Tyler Hayden at the Goroke presentation night on December 15 and Mayor Jodie Pretlove presented Renea Feder the award at the Kaniva presentation night on December 19.
Shire finance manager Andrea Gash presented Rebekah Harrold the award at the Edenhope presentation night on December 20.
Renae Feder said she did not strive to win the award, but she felt honoured.
“It means quite a bit to me as I have always grown up with the attitude of talk to everyone, be nice to everyone and always try your best,” she said.
“Winning this award basically sums up those rules and values I guess that my parents have encouraged.”
It was a big year for Renae Feder who took part in several school groups.
“I was one of 21 Rural Youth Ambassadors which consisted of going down to Melbourne for a few nights every 3 months, to discuss issues faced in rural schools,” she said.
Renae Feder was the president of the Student Representative Council for the Kaniva College.
Renae Feder won the Mallee Encouragement Award for her school, the Australian Defence Force Long Tan award and was named the best all rounder at her school.
She said that getting accepted into college and finishing year 12 were also huge achievements.
Renae Feder was accepted into St Mark’s College in Adelaide and will attend Flinders University studying Bachelor of education secondary/health science.
Tyler Hayden said it was a good feeling being presented the award.
“(It felt) pretty good that my peers see what I get up to out side of school and in school,” he said.
Tyler Hayden was proud of a project he started called the Boos Bangers.
“Boos Bangers was my first project for my VCAL studies, I would put a barbecue on for the school with different types of snags,” he said.
Tyler Hayden said running the motorbike course and the tractor pull at the Goroke Show was the best part of 2017.
“We had a great year at school with so many different projects going on at school in VCAL. I’m looking forward to the up coming VCAL students to work with them on there projects they come up with,” he said.