A strong sense of faith and social justice were the common thread for the 48 exceptional Year 12 students from Sydney Catholic secondary schools who were honoured at the annual Archbishop’s Awards for Student Excellence on September 4.
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher presented each student with a certificate and medallion in recognition of their contributions to their schools and communities in front of family and friends at the ceremony, held at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral.
The prestigious award – in its 16th year – acknowledges students’ achievements and contribution to school life in areas including school leadership, academic and sporting, social justice, parish life and faith, and community service. The award also recognises each student’s personal attributes, which are included in a citation prepared by the award recipient’s school principal and read out by one of the student’s peers at the ceremony.
Archbishop Fisher told the students people had to put themselves on the line if they were to achieve anything, and that the awards acknowledged how young people were able to do this and throw themselves into projects heart and soul. His Grace said in a society that was increasingly deaf to faith and high ideals, the students revealed that young people were capable of greatness.
“In a culture that often runs young people down, claiming they are only interested in themselves, in getting ahead and accumulating things, experiences – you demonstrate that the opposite can be true,” he said. “It can take guts at times to live as women and men of character, of integrity, of ideals. I honour that in you now.”
Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools Dr Dan White told students they displayed all the finer qualities of gold which is a known conductor of electricity, catalyst to enhance chemical reactions, and has strong reflective properties.
“Just about every scientifically precise instrument uses gold because gold is a fantastic conductor of electricity,” he said. “These young people have been great conductors of the Catholic faith through their community.
So many of them have been catechists, leaders and Eucharistic ministers, where they have through their own energy woven a beautiful thread of spirituality through their school. It is with real joy that we celebrate with you today. We hope you will always be conductors, we hope you will always be catalysts for justice, we hope you will always reflect the presence of Jesus in the world.”
The 2015 Archbishop’s Awards recipients are:
Kathy Touma – All Saints Catholic Senior College, Casula
Kathy is actively involved in her parish as a Deacon, reader and leader of the Youth Group. She has displayed great leadership skills, being selected to contribute to the design of the College Chapel and helping with the Maths Challenge Day for primary students. Kathy frequently assists other students through peer mentoring. She is a gifted student, ranking highly in a range of subjects. In Year 11 Kathy received the Award for Conscientious Work Ethic. She is a volunteer for Aged Care in her Parish, participates in the Red Shield Appeal and is a catechist at local state primary schools. Kathy epitimises our College motto ‘Striving for Excellence’.
Stephanie Branley – Aquinas Catholic College, Menai
Stephanie is a faith filled young woman possessing a keen sense of social justice. She gives clear witness to her faith and to her parish, Holy Family, Menai. Stephanie is a key member of the College’s social justice team and plays significant roles in school liturgies as a reader and altar server. She represented the College as a pilgrim at World Youth Day 2013 and has been nominated as an ambassador at next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow. Stephanie is a humble example of the College motto of one who is “Enlivened by the Spirit.”
Eugenia Simoes – Bethany College, Hurstville
As a woman of faith, Eugenia has displayed a determination to be involved in the Catholic life of the College, to strive for her personal best and to live life to the full. Eugenia is the President of our Vinnies Conference and has been an active member of it for many years. She attended World Youth Day Rio 2013 and regularly participates in Brekky Van. She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, she takes an active role in all liturgies and is a regular attendee of the Fire and Light Youth Group. Eugenia is an example of living our motto: Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with my God.
Sarah Maree Azzi – Bethlehem College, Ashfield
Sarah is an outstanding leader, student and musician. She is the SRC President and embodies the concept of servant leadership. Sarah is a former World Youth Day Pilgrim and a strong advocate for the experience. She actively pursues issues relating to social justice and was a major spokesperson for the College initiative during Refugee Week 2014, demonstrating against the government’s policy of detaining the children of asylum seekers. She is an articulate, self assured, yet humble young woman who is committed to making a difference to the local and wider communities.
Jaynell Vila -Brigidine College, Randwick
Jaynell Vila knows the happiness that comes with participation. She sings in the choir of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Randwick and is a Eucharistic Minister at school. As well as the school choir, Jaynell has made an important contribution to eight co-curricular groups at Brigidine where she is known for her consistency and reliability. She is the first to volunteer when student helpers are needed. Jaynell excels at science and was accepted into the International Science School in the July holidays of this year.
Susie Togia-Lafo – Casimir Catholic College, Marrickville
Susie Togia-Lafo has a genuine desire to serve. She has been actively involved with Social Justice Initiatives, Performing Arts, representative sport and liturgies.
Susie, an active parishioner at St Brigid’s Parish, Marrickville, is also an integral member of a Samoan Cultural Dance group having performed at Parish Peace Concerts as well as school events. At Casimir Catholic College, Susie has exemplified good leadership. She appreciates and values the contribution of all in the team and leads by example. Susie demonstrates high standards and she encourages and inspires others to strive for their best.
Julian Stevens -Champagnat Catholic College, Pagewood
Julian Stevens is an exceptional and dedicated young man who consistently displays and lives out the Marist values. He demonstrates a depth of maturity in his interactions with staff and students, and is a role model to both his peers and the wider College community. As a College leader, Julian consistently takes the initiative in assisting and supporting others whilst exhibiting the key Marist pillars of hard work, presence and simplicity. Julian is an active global citizen and a Catholic who has visibly lived out his faith by selflessly contributing to communities both locally and abroad.
Anthony Mustica – Christian Brothers’ High School, Lewisham
Anthony Mustica was elected School Captain for 2015 by his peers. His leadership has been evident in the many contributions he has made to the wider community, both locally and abroad, ranging from Cultural Immersion trips to both Vietnam and Cambodia, to Night Patrol with the St Vincent De Paul Society. Anthony contributes to all facets of school life with minimal fuss or any need for recognition. He is a young man with maturity beyond his years, immense humility and empathy for the less fortunate. Anthony is a credit to his school, his family and most importantly, to himself.
Caroline Rivera – Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton
Caroline Rivera demonstrates the love of Christ through her words and actions.
As a Leader of Catholic Life, she regularly leads the College community in prayer and ministry and she is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She has been involved in a variety of youth ministry and social justice initiatives including the St Vincent de Paul Brekky Van. She has also been an integral part of the College Evangelisation Team. Caroline brings to fruition our core values of love, respect and service, truly representing our College motto ‘To Love Like Christ’.
Daniel Uremovic – De La Salle College, Ashfield
Daniel typifies the spirit developed at De La Salle College Ashfield. He has a fine academic record, placing highly in a number of subjects. Daniel is an active member of of the College Leadership Team as the Social Justice Leader and is taking an active role in developing an inter faith dialogue between schools of diverse faiths in the Inner-West Region. He is a faith filled young man who lives his faith through works of justice such as Night Patrol. Daniel is a fine role model and a worthy recipient of the Archbishops Award for Student Excellence.
Victoria-Rose Taylor – De La Salle Catholic College, Cronulla
Victoria-Rose Taylor is a young woman with strong Catholic values. She is articulate, intelligent and proud of her Catholic faith. Victoria is an active member of the St Aloysius Parish Cronulla, who sings in the choir, is on the reading roster, and generously supports elderly and ill parishioners. Victoria figured prominently in the Stations of the Cross enactment, attended World Youth Day 2013 and aspires to continue living a life in Christ. Her Lasallian ministry shines each day in her commitment to our College life and her support of others.
Paul Weeks – De La Salle College, Revesby Heights
Paul has been an active member of, and a fine ambassador for, the College. In Year 11 Paul was selected to attend the prestigious National Art School for an intensive art workshop. He has served in hospitality and as a lector in both College and Parish Masses. Paul has been a significant member of the Student Representative Council and he was involved in the Christian Mission Launch and several Open Days as a Tour Guide. Paul has been a significant contributor to the College community exhibiting Christian leadership across a broad spectrum of areas.
Naomi Spinks – Domremy Catholic College, Five Dock
Naomi demonstrates outstanding commitment in areas of Faith, Service, Co-curricular and Learning, both within the College as well as the wider community. She is an excellent scholar, admirable College Captain, and has great dedication to her faith. This is illustrated by twice achieving the college’s ‘Lantern Award’, which is credited with personifying the spirit of Nano Nagle.
She has achieved in areas of public speaking, environment and social justice, Alliance of Girls’ Schools, International Women’s Day, catechesis and has been published by various magazines, including the Catholic Weekly for her article on the “Veneration of Nano Nagle”.
Carla Sullivan – Freeman Catholic College, Bonnyrigg Heights
Carla is a compassionate young woman who has made a significant contribution to the Freeman community through her passion for learning, her extensive involvement in social justice and her successes in representative sport. She is a young woman of faith in action who has made a commitment to living out the Gospel values. This is evident through her attendance at World Youth Day 2013, her work as a catechist and her extensive involvement in John the Baptist Parish, Bonnyrigg Heights. She is selfless and willing to give of her talents.
Victoria Criniti – Good Samaritan Catholic College, Hinchinbrook
Victoria Criniti is a young lady of integrity whose actions consistently embody the beliefs in our College Mission Statement. She is admired by our community for her empathetic nature, her generosity of spirit and her commitment to faith, family and study. As College Captain, Victoria displays strong leadership qualities and is exceptional in the manner in which she gives witness to her faith by supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. An extremely talented performing arts student, Victoria is always willing to share her talents. Victoria is an excellent role model who continues to make an outstanding contribution to College life.
Justin Story – Holy Cross Catholic College, Ryde
Justin Story demonstrates exceptional leadership both in the school and the wider community. His appointment as Vice Captain of Holy Cross College was a result of his performance academically, socially and spiritually. His outstanding work in the local parish with social justice initiatives and leadership in youth ministry should be noted. Justin is also an avid supporter of the extra curricula life of the College participating in sport, public speaking, debating and coaching. Justin’s balanced approach to the HSC year makes him a worthy recipient of this award.
Christine Saliba – Holy Spirit Catholic College, Lakemba
Christine Saliba is an impressive young woman who has made a remarkable contribution to the rich life of Holy Spirit Catholic College. Her unwavering dedication to her faith is an example for all members of our community. As a member of the Student Representative Council, Christine has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in her role as Social Justice Coordinator, in particular the organisation of the Holy Spirit Senior Sleep Out, Red Cross Blood Donor program and raising awareness for children in Australia’s detention system. Christine is a most worthy recipient of this award.
Emily Shaw – Kincoppal-Rose Bay School
Emily has given service as an outstanding Head Girl. She has led the school with pride, humility and enthusiasm, sharing her depth of reflection and insight with her peers and the broader community. Emily is a philosophical young woman who excels at prompting others to reflect. She shared a considered and thought-provoking homily at the Year Twelve retreat, contextualising a Gospel passage for her peers. She also delivered a sophisticated address on Women Leaders in the Church at the KRB Spirituality Evening. She has led by example through her compassionate, inclusive and intellectual nature.
Stephen Stelmach – LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown
Stephen Stelmach is a humble, faith-filled young man who always considers the needs of others above his own. While Stephen has faced significant adversity, he has never allowed this to hinder his determination. Committed to the College community, Stephen has generously dedicated his time to a number of groups including Faith in Action and Peer Support. He represented the College as a LaSallian Youth Leader at the LaSallian International Youth Gathering in Brisbane in 2014. Stephen’s resilience inspires, and is admired, by staff, fellow students and others within the community.
Sarah Silva – Loreto College, Kirribilli
Sarah represents the qualities held dear by the Loreto community: felicity, sincerity, freedom of spirit and justice. Sarah leads by example, understanding that the joy to be found in community is enhanced through contributing one’s gifts selflessly through involvement in academic pursuits, dance and social justice initiatives. Sarah’s role within the school as an Extraordinary Minister is a tangible demonstration of her faith life as is her contribution to Music Ministry at St Mary’s North Sydney. As a House Vice Captain, Sarah demonstrates integrity in all of her relationships.
Joshua Dever – Marcellin College, Randwick
Joshua is the Marcellin College Vice Captain and a young man who exemplifies the Marial qualities of strength, compassion and gentleness. He demonstrates commitment to his faith by vigorously participating in the many liturgical celebrations and other programs that bring to life the Catholicity of the College. Joshua’s selfless attitude, thoughtfulness towards others and involvement in all spheres of school life reflect the Marist values of hard work and presence. The authentic interaction he has with both staff and students makes Joshua an outstanding role model of the values of Jesus Christ and a worthy recipient of today’s award.
Kevin Jonas – Marist College, Eastwood
Kevin Jonas is a selfless, generous young man who models himself on the person of Jesus Christ. Kevin bears witness to his faith in his local parish as a catechist, reader and Eucharistic minister. As a Religious Leader of Marist College Eastwood, Kevin facilitates the formation of other students, leading regular prayer opportunities to enhance the faith life of the College. Kevin has formed strong ties with the wider Catholic and Marist communites, leading groups at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and Marist Connect events and retreats. It is with pleasure we commend Kevin for this award.
Nathan Galluzzo – Marist College, Kogarah
Nathan Galluzzo is a worthy recipient of the Archbishop’s Award. He shows a strong commitment to his faith and has an extraordinary sense of social justice. Nathan was selected for the College immersion program to the Solomon Islands and has volunteered for both St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army. Nathan is also involved in many spiritual aspects of the College. He is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist serving at both his local parish and College celebrations and is also a member of his parish Youth Ministry group.
Kaspars Walker – Marist College, North Shore
This year’s recipient, Kaspars Walker, is a student of the highest calibre who has contributed to many aspects of College life. He is a person that lives out Christ’s teachings of putting others’ needs above his own, demonstrated through his continued involvement in Solidarity. He is a House Leader who leads by example and is a wonderful role model to younger members of the school community. Kaspars is highly respected by both staff and peers and through his example he demonstrates what it means to be a man of faith.
Daniella Foley – Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich
Daniella’s most outstanding attribute is her willingness to contribute to the community. She consistently gives her time and effort to many activities including Catechetics, Brekky Van, the Cambodia immersion experience and representing the College as Co-Captain. Daniella has participated in a panel to discuss students’ needs in Catholic schools and has established a program called WINGS to promote girls’ positive body image. She regularly encourages younger students in debating. Daniella is a committed and active Catholic in her parish. She is humble and she seeks opportunities to be of service to others.
Tiana Balgos – Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Wakeley
Tiana is a mature young woman whose humility and wisdom is obvious in all she pursues. She leads by example with a calm, confident presence which is respected by all.
As College captain, Tiana has demonstrated a consistent commitment towards her studies, the leadership of her peers and involvement in the wider community. She immerses herself in her parish through her gift of music and all aspects of College life through evangelisation and sport as well as environmental, social justice and leadership initiatives. Tiana lives an authentic Catholic life and is truly a woman who will make a difference.
Jasmine D’Arcy – Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney
Jasmine D’Arcy is a leader of faith, mercy and justice, contributing significantly to the faith and liturgical life in her parish, and the College through the ministry of music. She is passionate about creating a more just world, demonstrated by her leadership and participation in Monte’s Social Justice Group for six years. Jasmine promoted the dignity and rights of the poor and marginalised, through refugee advocacy, Fair Trade, and in Monte’s Timor-Leste Immersion Program, where she raised significant funds for the education and nutrition program in Maliana.
Montana Sedman – Mount St Joseph, Milperra
Montana Sedman is an exceptional young Australian. Her qualities of selflessness, determination, faith and love for life enable her to make a significant contribution in all that she does.
Montana generously gives her time and is an excellent role model for students, not only as an active participant in the faith and liturgical life of the school but through her encouragement of others to be witness to the teachings of Christ. Montana’s humility and generosity of heart epitomise the essence of servant leadership.
Emma Murphy – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Kensington
Our College community proudly nominates Emma Murphy as recipient of this award. Emma epitomises the charism of Father Jules Chevalier to be the Heart of Christ to all. Emma is a young woman of the Gospel, who takes care to listen with the heart and respond to the needs of those around her. As College Captain, Emma is committed to service and leads the College with passion and enthusiasm. Under her leadership, the Student Leadership Team have been proactive in their commitment to social justice initiatives such as Caritas fundraising and Vinnies Night Patrol. Emma was a recipient of the John Lincoln Youth Community Award in 2014.
Michael Faga – Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield
Michael Faga is the College Captain of Patrician Brothers’ Fairfield. Michael has demonstrated commitment to the College, performing his duties in a commendable manner. Michael displays responsibility and initiative in his leadership, generously supporting the school whenever possible. Michael has volunteered his time representing the College at sporting and community events, whilst also demonstrating his commitment to the Catholic ethos as a faith leader. Michael organised the highly successful Annual Patrician Student Leadership Day, a testimony to his ability to work both individually and as a member of a team.
Steve Johnson Saliba – Rosebank College, Five Dock
Steve is a committed member of the Rosebank community who gives whole-hearted dedication to every activity in which he engages. He has, over the years, volunteered to assist with the Cancer Survivorship Cottage Garden at Concord Hospital, mentored younger students, been a visible and active presence in College leadership and joined in co-curricular life unreservedly. Steve embodies the Gospel and Benedictine values of service leadership; seeking to put others first, hospitality, welcoming every guest as though they were Jesus and he is a young Christian maker of peace and doer of justice.
Ashley Abraham – Santa Sabina College, Strathfield
Ashley’s integrity as College Leader has enabled her to give witness to leadership as service, empowering other students to take responsibility and use their talents to serve the community. Ashley has demonstrated impressive initiative and effective communication to build a community of students who live the Gospel values; particularly in her efforts to raise awareness and funds for students in South Africa. Ashley’s commitment to leadership, academic achievement and representative sport is coupled by her authenticity in relationships. She is highly respected by her peers and teachers and celebrated as a most deserving recipient.
Michelle Fahd – Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood
Michelle is a very respectful, generous and committed young woman. A member of the Student Leadership Team, a school-based trainee in Business and a young woman committed to Social Outreach, Michelle is a highly involved, engaged member of our community. She is active in her Parish and participated in the College Immersion program to Balgo Hills, Western Australia. Michelle’s great strengths include her sense of faith, community and family. Her friendly, responsive approach is highly valued. Michelle is a model and witness for others and a worthy recipient of this award.
Alexander Tonkin – St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point
Alexander Tonkin is an outstanding young man who has involved himself generously in the life of the College. He has served others as a Prefect and contributes to the religious life of the school as a Senior Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister and as a Rector in the Kairos Retreat Program. Alexander has undertaken the Philippines Immersion where he built homes for the poor, worked in an orphanage and visited with prisoners. A committed student, he has been a superb contributor to drama and other pursuits. Alexander is, above all, a young Christian gentleman who exhibits the virtues of a ‘man for others’.
Louisa Succar – St Charbel’s College, Punchbowl
Louisa Succar has been a student of St Charbel’s College since Kindergarten. Throughout this time Louisa has been exemplary in her attitude of service and dedication to the school community. She is characterised by being the first to volunteer her help in parish and school community service activities. Louisa has been a Catechist and in this role she has shared the Catholic faith with children in surrounding primary schools. She is a Liturgy Prefect who embodies a positive energy and respect towards peers and staff members. Louisa is a worthy representative of the St Charbel’s community values.
Mikaela Farrugia – St Clare’s College, Waverley
Mikaela is a young woman of high moral character. She is a strong leader in our community who seeks excellence and has a commitment to service. Mikaela articulates her Catholic faith and lives it daily epitomising the Franciscan charism. Her contributions range from being an active member of the student leadership body with her position of Ortolana Captain where she works tirelessly in the areas of prayer, liturgy and social justice. Mikaela is a committed catechist, an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and regularly attends Brekky Van. Mikaela exhibits a love of community and a willingness to be involved.
William Bainou – St Ignatius’ College, Riverview
A warm, gentle and caring young man, William Bainou has contributed to the faith life of Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview and his local parish, St Charles Borromeo, Ryde. He is an active member of his youth group, has led reflection days and actively served the community through Ignatian service. Through all this, William has maintained his passion and commitment to football, both within the College and beyond. William lives out his faith in all he does, in his social and family relationships, academic, sporting and service pursuits.
Edward Noack – St John Bosco College, Engadine
Edward Noack is an outstanding leader of our College who shows great maturity and integrity. He lives out our school motto “Joy and Hope” in true Salesian Spirit in all he does. His involvement as a musican and Eucharistic Minister in his Parish, World Youth Day pilgrim, charity fundraiser, Bosco Youth Group leader, Antioch leader and undertaking Salesian Missionary work in Cambodia, are examples of his commitment to living out his faith in service to others. Edward has an exemplary academic record and is involved in all aspects of school life. Edward Noack is a committed young man and excellent role model.
Oliver Sumsky – St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill
Oliver is a young person of great integrity who possesses a strong work ethic and has shown wonderful leadership through his own good example. He is a model young man who demonstrates a genuine care and respect for all those around him. Oliver has provided willing service and support to the liturgical life of the College, having been most generous with his time and his outstanding talent. He is highly respected by both his peers and the teaching staff of the College.
Theresa Doueihi – St Maroun’s College, Dulwich Hill
Theresa is a young woman of high moral character, a strong, caring leader in our community at St Maroun’s College. Her high academic standing is also praiseworthy. Theresa has worked tirelessly in all the roles that she has undertaken. Her contributions range from being an active member of the College’s leadership team to initiating programs such as the afterschool Homework Club for the K-6 primary students. Theresa’s enthusiasm for learning and advocacy for service truly reflect her valuable qualities as a leader. She has enriched the lives of all within the community. Theresa is a most worthy recipient of this award.
Luke Davar – St Mary’s Cathedral College, Sydney
Luke has developed into a young man who is valued and esteemed at St Mary’s Cathedral College. He has contributed to school and community life through his generosity, enthusiasm and commitment to his faith. This has been clearly witnessed by the pride he shows in the College through his involvement in Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, volunteering at Matt Talbot, altar serving as well as World Youth Day participation. Luke is an active member of the College Student Ministry Team for liturgical and whole school events. He is a true witness to the Catholic values lived out at St Mary’s Cathedral College.
Jared McLachlan – St Patrick’s College, Strathfield
Jared is an outstanding young Christian gentleman who contributes significantly to St Patrick’s. He is a motivated student who excels academically. He is an enthusiastic participant in the College’s Band, Rugby, Cricket, Basketball, Debating and Duke of Edinburgh programmes. Jared’s leadership as a College Prefect and Eucharistic Minister is focussed on service to others, reinforced by his involvement with the St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol and in aged care. He is a committed member of the St Joseph’s Oatley Parish. In line with St Patrick’s motto, Jared continually “lets his light shine.”
Thomas Boyd – St Patrick’s College, Sutherland
Thomas Boyd is a young man of action, present and compassionate to those in need, radiating hope for the future in the tradition of Nano Nagle and Edmund Rice. The Student Catechist Program, Night Patrol and Matthew Talbot Hostel Visits are just some examples of his involvement in outreach activity. As Social Justice Captain of St Patrick’s, he empowers students to become a voice for “the other”. He participated in World Youth Day in Rio and is keen to attend as a WYD ambassador in Poland representing his parish. Tom has a passion for social justice and he is conscientious in his approach to his studies leading to academic excellence.
Anastasia Sutjipto – St Scholastica’s College, Glebe
Anastasia Sutjipto is a thoughtful, humble and dedicated young adult who consistently lives the values of the Gospel in her everyday actions. She has participated in the Social Justice Group for most of her secondary schooling and initiated projects for the St Vincent de Paul Society, Caritas and St Scholastica’s Refugee Gala Days. Anastasia is a founder of ‘Connect’, a College initiative that fosters prayer and Bible reading. In her local church of St Paul of the Cross, she is a regular organist. Anastasia is known by all as a determined and passionate person who always operates with dignity, gentleness and good humour.
Niamh Callinan – St Ursula’s College, Kingsgrove
Niamh Callinan, the College Vice Captain at St Ursula’s, models the College motto Serviam in her words and actions. She is a quiet achiever, hard working, and she is immersed in all dimensions of College life, participating in student leadership with distinction. A talented musician, Niamh’s dedication to the College String Orchestra has enriched the performance and liturgical life of the College. Niamh is a young woman of faith, whose witness as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, care and inclusivity of all students and regular participation in social justice activities demonstrates her commitment to the Gospel call of service.
Edwina Watson – St Vincent’s College, Potts Point
Edwina is an exemplary role model for her peers. As the College Liturgy Captain, she thoughtfully engages the College community through prayer and her work in social justice initiatives. She has been an altar server for the College and mentored younger students. Edwina encourages community involvement at many levels; through her leadership in Tutor Group as well as House Assemblies. She is widely respected by all members of the College. Edwina continues her engagement with the Universal Church as an Extraordinary Minister and advocate for justice.
Jamie Manalaotao – Trinity Catholic College, Auburn/Regents Park
Jamie Manalaotao is a young woman of great faith, generosity and humility. She is a model of excellence in her academic studies, her devotion to her faith and in living a life of genuine service to others. Jamie is a committed young Marist and a foundation member of the College REMAR group. An active and involved parishioner of St John of God Auburn, Jamie brings great credit to her family, her parish and the College and is a most worthy recipient of the Archbishop of Sydney Award for Student Excellence.
Ricardo Paras – Waverley College
Ricardo Paras is a College Prefect and a Cadet Under Officer in the College Cadet Unit. He is a committed student with high academic achievement. His co-curricular activities include judo, athletics and debating in the College 1st team. Ricardo is also a dedicated musician. These achievements are complemented by his participation in Social Justice activities such as the Holdsworth Ball, Night Patrol, Street Retreat and Bowling with the Disabled. Over the past five years he has organized a food distribution program at Christmas time for 200 children in the Philippines.