South Australia

STUDENT CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

Announcement: Student Citizenship Awards – 2021

Georgia Kehagias from Immanuel College has been announced as South Australia’s Student Citizen of the Year for 2021.

 The Student Citizenship Awards program is the flagship endeavour of the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association.

Georgia Kehagias from Immanuel College receives the 2021 Student Citizen of the Year award from Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia

Each school or college was invited to nominate up to two students from Years 11 and/or 12 who satisfy the criteria for these prestigious awards.

The awards are intended to recognise those senior secondary students who actively engage with and contribute to school and/or local communities rather than for specific academic or sporting achievements. The Awards exemplify the Association’s objective:

To celebrate and promote outstanding Australian citizenship

The nominations for these awards were judged by an adjudication panel on four criteria, including leadership, contributions to the school and/or community and contributions to the environment and/or community development, as well as pride in Australian citizenship

The ten students judged most worthy received an inscribed plaque and a ‘With Distinction’ certificate signed by the SA Branch Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia. These were presented by Her Excellency in an award ceremony held at Government House on Monday 29 November 2021 hosted by Her Excellency and Mr Rod Bunten.

In this ceremony, Georgia Kehagias was announced as South Australia’s 2021 Student Citizen of the Year. Georgia’s citation reads:

With a passionate desire to help and support others, Georgia has enthusiastically contributed her time and energy as School Captain to lead several initiatives dedicated to supporting and engaging her peers and the community, including an online platform to promote sustainable fashion.

Examples have also included the College’s buddy system to support international students through early COVID times, her work on Relay for Life, her involvement in the Pink and Blue Swim, and St Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout and her representation on the Community Reference Group for the Future of the Coastline Project, and in addition, her work with the Ntari Aboriginal Community to build a model of the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct.

Georgia is an exceptional role model who has had a positive and valued impact on her school and community, especially with her focus on the environment.

The SA Branch Chairman Tony Metcalf OAM joins with all Order of Australia Association members in congratulating each of the following Student Citizenship Award recipients who were selected to be in the Top 10:

  • Shikofa Anguri, Thebarton Senior College
  • Riley Day, Australian Science & Mathematics School
  • Jayden Gale, Rostrevor College
  • Georgia Kehagias, Immanuel College
  • Madeleine Moss, Walford Anglican School for Girls
  • Jamieson Noutsatos, Temple Christian College
  • Kanika Singla, Mount Carmel College
  • Samuel Wabnitz, Temple Christian College
  • Charlotte Worthley, Walford Anglican School for Girls
  • Jordan Zorzi, Rostrevor College

The remaining nominees will receive a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate signed by the Governor. In keeping with the aim of the Association to raise awareness about the Order of Australia and Australian citizenship in general, each school/college has been encouraged to invite a member of the Association – an Australian Honours recipient – to attend a suitable school function to present the Student Citizenship Award certificate to the recipient student.

A brochure and nomination form for the 2022 Student Citizenship Awards will be available early in the new year.

If you have any questions please contact :
The Convenor, Student Citizenship Awards
Mr Noel Hender OAM BEM
[email protected]

The SA Branch is very grateful for the support and patronage of Her Excellency the Governor.

We also thank all the participating schools for their strong support of this Branch initiative.

The 2021 Student Citizenship Award Top 10 recipients, with Her Excellency
the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia.

Rear (left to right): Jordan Zorzi and Jayden Gale (Rostrevor College), Mr Rod Bunten, Samuel Wabnitz and Jamieson Noutsatos (Temple Christian College), Riley Day (Australian Science & Mathematics School) and SA Branch Chair Mr Tony Metcalf OAM.

Front: Charlotte Worthley (Walford Anglican School for Girls), Shikofa Anguri (Thebarton Senior College), Madeleine Moss (Walford Anglican School for Girls), Her Excellency, 2021 Student Citizen of the Year Georgia Kehagias (Immanuel College), Kanika Singla (Mount Carmel College).

PLEASE NOTE

The Student Citizenship Award program of the Order of Australia Association SA Branch is separate from, but proudly presented in collaboration with, the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools program:

www.education.sa.gov.au/governors-civics-awards-schools

BACKGROUND

The Student Citizenship Awards program is the flagship endeavour of the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association.

Since 2003, the Association, encouraged by school leaders, has successfully offered prestigious awards and certificates to year 11 and 12 students nominated by their respective schools and colleges, and selected by an adjudication panel as worthy of recognition for their contribution to citizenship in South Australia.

The awards – known as Student Citizenship Awards – are intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly through voluntary service to school and/or general communities. They exemplify the Association’s objective: “To celebrate and promote outstanding Australian citizenship”.