Local Students Awarded Education Excellence Honours

At the 18th Annual Nanga Mai Awards, Central Coast students Abbie McTeare and Zali Reynolds were honoured for their exceptional contributions to Aboriginal education.

This year’s award winners included 13 academically accomplished students, self-assured public speakers, gifted performers, and exceptional athletes, including Abbie and Zali. They will be present at the award ceremony on Monday, November 27 at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour, along with 12 other committed educators, community leaders, and schools.

The Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award went to Abbie, a proud Dharawal woman enrolled in Year 11 at Gorokan High School.

Abbie is pursuing a Certificate IV in Fitness and preparing for her boxing career. She has a strong interest in nutrition and health. She recently won the gold medal in the under-19 women’s 60kg division at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide. Right now, Abbie is focused on earning a spot at the World Youth Championships.

Zali, a Wiradjuri woman enrolled in Year 12 at Northlakes High School, was given the Outstanding All Round Student Award.

An Australian Business and Community Network Scholarship was awarded to Zali in 2021. She finished an Allied Health school-based apprenticeship while working two jobs and adhering to a strict study regimen.

According to Prue Car, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning, public schools in New South Wales strive to use education to strengthen and elevate Aboriginal culture and identity.

“Today is a wonderful day as we celebrate academic excellence in our Aboriginal learners, leaders and educators,” Ms Car stated.

“I want to send a big congratulations to all the hardworking teachers, school leaders and students being honoured at the Nanga Mai Awards.”

The Nanga Mai Awards honour students, faculty, and community members who excel in all facets of education, from athletics and leadership to public speaking, performing arts, and academic achievement, according to NSW Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar.

He stated that an exceptional quantity of nominations had been received for the 2023 awards.

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