FOUR Horsham school students were recognised for what they contribute to their communities.
The Horsham branch of the Order of Australia Association hosted its latest student citizenship awards ceremony at Horsham Rural City Council on Wednesday.
The awards recognise students in years nine or 10, who show leadership, contribute to community development or help groups in need.
Dan Ochieng was Horsham College's recipient of the award, recognised for his efforts to represent the school in debating, his involvement in the school's Peak Performance program and for picking up rubbish wherever he saw it.
Dan said he was proud of himself.
"I grew up with my Dad always cleaning up, and it's on my mind every single day," he said. "I don't know what to say - I didn't imagine I'd get this at all."
The Order of Australia Association also presented awards to Holy Trinity Lutheran College's Madalyn Toet, Horsham Special School's Thomas Mott and St. Brigid's College's Grace Camilleri.
Clive Church from the Order of Australia Association's Central Highlands division said the organisation was comprised of people appointed as members of the Order of Australia, though a separate entity.
"Its mission is to foster love and pride in Australian citizenship and uphold the prestige of the order," he said.
"For more than 20 years the association has been supporting students with awards, and in recent times awards were established in Horsham, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack Shires."
Horsham mayor Mark Radford congratulated the students for being nominated.
"Somewhere, someone has seen something in the way you are living your life that deserves encouragement," he said.
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