Young achievers awarded

Young achievers awarded

Excellence and endeavour were recognised at the recent Millicent High School annual presentation ceremony at the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre.

School captains Tayla Rowe and Jack Haggett welcomed students, staff and their families to the event as co-comperes for the evening.

The program was interspersed with performances from students including Jordan Bohlin and Jacob Tully.

Reports were presented by the Principal Todd Watson and Governing Council Chairperson Shaun Uotila.

The occasion was also used to farewell departing staff Kathy Bell, Patrick Smith and Billy Vincent.

Catering for the night was arranged by MHS canteen manager Jay Watson.

The MHS School Captains and Vice Captains were announced for next year and are Eliza Dower, Charli Kraig, Zahra Tsigros, Charlotte Fewster and James D’Onghia.

Curriculum awards for outstanding achievement and determination to succeed were presented at all year levels.

Year 7 to 11 Year Level Dux Awards went to Courtney Sigston, Sophie Smith, Stella Davis, Aleesha Sayer-Renshaw, Hudson Simmons, Jemma Bowering and Eliza Dower.

The Mayoral Award for providing leadership and service to the school community was won by Adam Smith.

The Australian Defence Forces Long Tan Awards were given to Harrison Thwaites, Tayla Rowe, Hudson Simmons and Dalbir Castignani.

On behalf of the Lions Club of Wattle Range Lioness, Vicki Sapiatzer and Annemarie Goode presented the award for exceptional determination to Jadey Townsend.

The Rotary Club of Millicent Award for services to both the school and community was presented by Max Blacketer to Eliza Dower.

The BankSA Award for outstanding academic achievement throughout the school year was won by Olivia Dean and presented by Rob Courtney.

There were numerous other awards given out during the 90-minute ceremony.

The high point was the awarding of the W.S. DeGaris Memorial Cup for exceptional academic achievement.

It was presented by Mr Watson on behalf of the DeGaris family to Tayla Rowe.

Flying Officer William Sowden DeGaris was lost in air operations over Occupied Europe in March 1945.

The 21-year-old had been born in Millicent and educated at MHS.

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