Students rewarded for doing their best

June 07, 2017

High achiever: Jessica Gray is congratulated by Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland for receiving the prestigious gold award in the Duke of Edinburgh program.

Cobram and District Specialist School celebrated its best and brightest at an assembly on Friday.

Family and friends gathered at the school along with Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland to present students with awards as part of the Duke of Edinburgh, Compass and Bridge programs.

Two students were named as recipients of the prestigious gold awards in the Duke of Edinburgh program, which is a youth development program in learning new skills, physical fitness and volunteering.

Jessica Gray and Teon France both finished schooling in 2016 and will be presented their gold badge by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau at a ceremony in Melbourne later in the year.

‘‘This is a very impressive achievement and one we are very proud of,’’ Cobram and District Specialist School’s Lisa Oliver said.

‘‘They make up three students we have helped obtain this prestigious award.’’

Cr Cleveland said it was special to him to present Jessica with her award.

‘‘She is on our Youth Council so it is great to see her doing and achieving great things,’’ he said.

‘‘These young people have learnt real life skills, such as overcoming challenges, empowerment and achieving your best, responsibility, motivation, community and overcoming barriers to success.

‘‘All of these skills will stay with each of you through life.

‘‘Whether receiving bronze, silver or gold awards, the time and effort put into achieving these levels is incredible.’’

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