James Nash High holds awards night

EXCELLENCE was rewarded at the James Nash State High School Awards Evening held at the Gympie Civic Centre on Tuesday evening.

Top accolades went to the following students:

The winner of the Gold Citizenship Award, Emily Lewis, has been a senior badge holder for the last two years and a Glanmire sports captain this year. Emily has been fully involved as a leader and supporter of many fundraising ventures at James Nash, including the Red Nose Day Appeal, 40hour Famine, World Vision and NAIDOC Week.

A member of Student Council, she has been involved in the Formal Committee and has participated in Anzac Day and the Gold Rush Parades, as well as a finalist in the USC PICSE EEI Physics Competition.

The Academic Gold Award recipient is Benjamin Haylock.

Ben received a first in place for maths B, maths C and chemistry, as well as a second in place for both English and physics. He received all VHAs in his best five subjects.

Ben also received the James Nash Allrounder Award.

He has been involved as a leader in both cultural and citizenship areas, and involved to a high level in sport. The Cultural Gold Award winner Megan Thomas has a long history with music at James Nash.

Involved in the Instrumental Music Progam she has had leadership roles in the concert and stage bands and participated in the Gympie Gold Rush Festival and James Nash Day, as well as using her musical talents in the Noosa Jazz Festival.

The female Year 10 Rotary Allrounder recipient Georgia Lee has been involved in instrumental music for James Nash since Year 8 playing in the school bands. The male Year 10 Rotary Allrounder Ian McPherson received the top Year 10 Academic Award for his excellent achievement in all six subjects he studied. Ian has been a Roll of Honour student every year since 2008. School-based Traineeship Award recipient is Ashlee Dale.

On exit from Year 12 Ashlee will have achieved a Certificate II in Business Administration, Certificate I and II in Hospitality Operations and a Certificate II in Workplace Practices.

During Year 12, Ashlee has received straight A’s on her report card with an A in English communication, pre-vocational mathematics, visual art studies, hospitality practices and tourism. Ashlee has also been a school based trainee with a Certificate II in Retail at Red Rooster during her senior year.

School-based Trainee Award recipient is Tami Herring.

Tami successful completed a school based traineeship in Certificate II Community Pharmacy at Malouf Group Pharmacy while studying senior.

Tami continually set timeframes to achieve her competencies and reassessed these as required.

Tami remained on task throughout her senior and as a result completed her traineeship in less than the required time.

The Gold award for Sport goes to Shaun Lee.

Shaun has enjoyed an exceptional year where he has excelled in many facets of the sporting arena at the school, district, regional, state and national levels.

Some highlights include, representing Wide Bay at Queensland State Cross Country Championships and placed 1st in the 14 years division

At the Queensland All Schools Cross Country Trials he placed 1st in the 14 years division and was selected as a member of the Queensland cross country team. In track and field he smashed two school records in the 1500m (by 22 seconds) and 3000m (by 16 seconds).

He gained 1st place at the Cooloola Athletics Carnival in the 3000m where he broke the Cooloola Record.

Shaun was selected in the Wide Bay Track and Field team to contest the State Championships in Brisbane.

He represented Queensland at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney finishing 1st in 3000m and 5th in the 1500m.

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