Rob Riley Memorial Prizes awarded to students from Esperance and Lynwood
Winners receive $5,000 towards further education and training
The two top Aboriginal public school Year 12 students for 2015 have been named Rob Riley Memorial Prize winners at Parliament House.
Education and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier announced Esperance Senior High School graduate Sarah Callow as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) prize winner, and Lynwood Senior High School graduate Aimee Coles as winner of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize.
Mr Collier said both students had big plans for the future which kept them motivated throughout their schooling.
"Sarah has always had a great interest in human biology and physical education, and this helped her achieve an outstanding ATAR of 91.05," he said.
"She plans to study a Bachelor of Science at The University of Western Australia to put her academic achievements to good use as a nurse or teacher."
While Aimee Coles was enrolled at Lynwood Senior High School, she studied off-site with Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA).
"Aimee participated in the netball development program at SEDA to hone her talent in the sporting arena while completing her WACE," the Minister said.
"While running netball coaching clinics at primary schools, she developed a love for teaching that has prompted her to do a bridging course this year at The University of Notre Dame so she can go on to study teaching.
"Aimee is a determined student who achieved not only her WACE but also Certificates II and III in Sport and Recreation and a Certificate II in Sport Coaching while at school."
The Rob Riley Memorial Prizes are awarded to the leading Aboriginal Year 12 WACE student and the leading Aboriginal VET student in public schools
Rob Riley was an Aboriginal leader who made outstanding contributions in social justice, Aboriginal human rights and reconciliation
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