ARARAT - Two students from Ararat College have been awarded the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards for 2013.
Year 12 student Madi Dalgleish was nominated for Long Tan because of her outstanding contribution as school captain. She played a significant role in organising the senior formal.
She also raised funds for the Chaplaincy program and her speeches to the school body were inspiring.
Year 10 student Taine Pearse is a quiet achiever who has achieved excellent academic results. He is a leader amongst his peers.
Taine has spoken at the Ararat Anzac day ceremony and also at school ceremonies.
Four secondary school students from Ararat were among the 805 Victorian students to receive Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards this year.
Major General Paul Brereton, Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division has congratulated students from the schools across Australia including Marian College who have been recognised.
"To have so many young Australians recognised by their schools for contributing to their local community and demonstrating leadership qualities is outstanding," said Major General Brereton.
Students in years 10 and 12 were recognised with awards of $250 and $550 respectively, along with a certificate of merit designed to highlight the achievements of these young leaders.
The Awards seek to encourage leadership and teamwork among school-aged students as integral parts of their personal development and their contribution towards enhancing community spirit within both the school and the broader community.
The awards also seek to raise the awareness of the ADF throughout the Australian community, and the value that is placed on positive leadership and effective teamwork within the ADF.