Last night the Snowy Monaro Regional Youth Council held its inaugural Snowy Monaro Youth Awards. According to the Snowy Monaro Regional Youth Council website, the awards recognise the valuable contributions young people make to our community and celebrate the accomplishments of our region’s most quiet achievers – youth!

Nominations could be made for young people between the ages of 12 and 24 for a variety of awards. A number of SMGS students and alumni were finalists in the categories below, with a summary of their nomination from the event program as follows:

Academic Performance Award (this award recognises young people who have shown consistent dedication to all aspects of academic study) Year 12 students Austin Beck and Antonia Murphy were finalists for this award.

Austin Beck – Austin was nominated by the Head of Curriculum at SMGS, Dr Darryl Nelson. Austin is performing at the top of his class in Mathematics and Science. Austin co-authored a scientific paper which was published as part of the Future Project. He is always willing to mentor and support other students and is held in high regard by teachers and peers alike.

Antonia Murphy – Antonia was nominated by the Head of Curriculum at SMGS, Dr Darryl Nelson. Antonia is studying for her HSC at SMGS. She is passionate about science and was the co-author of a scientific paper which was published as part of the Future Project. Antonia is a talented snowsports athlete and balances her HSC studies with her athletic pursuits.

Performing Arts Award (this award recognises a young person committed to their passion for arts in any medium) – alumnus Oscar Litchfield was a finalist for this award.

Oscar Litchfield – Oscar is a talented singer/songwriter, performing across NSW in the lead-up to releasing his EP “Front and Centre”. Oscar tells stories through music and offers a raw insight into life and its ups and downs. Oscar has been a finalist at the National Busking Championships for three years in a row.

Resilience and Determination Award (this award recognises a young person who has demonstrated personal growth and endurance or overcome hardship to achieve their goals) – Ayumi Bailey was a finalist for this award.

Ayumi Bailey – Ayumi was nominated by the Head of Senior School at SMGS, Mrs Kelli Wilson, in recognition of her bravery and quick thinking that saved the life of her father after a serious car accident.

Sports & Recreation (Junior) – (this award recognises young people who demonstrate not only a strong commitment to their personal sports practice, but also to the wider benefit of the sport and their community) – Anastasia Bradshaw was a finalist for this award.

Anastasia Bradshaw – Anastasia is a member of the ACT State Figure Skating team. She recently competed at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Brisbane. 

Sports & Recreation (Senior) – (this award recognises young people who demonstrate not only a strong commitment to their personal sports practice, but also to the wider benefit of the sport and their community) – Oscar Mower was a finalist for this award.

Oscar Mower – Oscar is being recognised for his achievements as a member of the Field and Game Clay Pigeon and Target Shooting Club. Oscar competes above his age bracket and in 2017 he competed at the Australian Shooting Championships. Oscar was recently identified as a talented athlete and invited to participate in the NSW under 18’s state team. 

Of the inaugural event and the SMGS students who were nominated, SMGS Head of Curriculum, Dr Darryl Nelson, who was in attendance at the awards dinner last night, said, “Last night I had the privilege of attending the Snowy Monaro Youth Awards. It was a pleasure to see our students as finalists in several of the categories and demonstrates the dedication that our students have towards quite divergent pursuits.”

This is a wonderful initiative by the Snowy Monaro Regional Youth Council and we are looking forward to seeing this event grow and become an anticipated community event in the future.