Young leader of the Lakes
The inaugural Aboriginal Student of the Year for Myall Lakes is Maddison West from Manning Valley Anglican College.
The new annual award recognises young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.
Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead presented Maddison with the award at his annual leadership breakfast.
“Maddison is an accomplished student in year 10, who has achieved high academic results and is a role model for younger members at the school,” said Mr Bromhead.
“Maddison is always eager to represent her school and community at Anzac Services and community gatherings with clubs such as Quota and Rotary.”
Maddison also recently visited Parliament House where she met special guests such as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams and other Parliamentarians. She also got to sit in on the State government’s question time, which she described as “quite interesting”.
“They have lots of little arguments and the speaker had to take control,” she said.
Maddison enjoyed interacting with the other 25 students and meeting elder Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden.
“He wore a tie Charles Perkins wore, and spoke about the stolen generation.”
Maddison enjoys helping out the community inside and outside of her school.
“I think everyone deserves a chance. I’ve had the opportunity to do many things, and others should have those opportunities too.”
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead joined Myall Lakes Aboriginal Student of the Year Maddison West and her father, Gary, on their visit to Parliament House