Indigenous Student of the Year

Valmai rewarded for her excellent efforts

Top. Lachlan Shire Mayor John Medcalf, Valmai Coe, State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Condobolin High School’s Matt Heffernan; BOTTOM LEFT: Valmai Coe (centre) with her grandmother Sandra Ritchie and her mother Isabel Coe; BOTTOM RIGHT: Valmai Coe with her tutor Amy Jacometti. MB

By Melissa Blewitt


Condobolin’s Valmai Coe has been announced as the inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year for Barwon.

The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.

Valmai’s mother, Isabel Coe, said her daughter was determined to lead by example at school and in the community.

“We are just so proud of her,” she said. “She has done so well and worked really hard for her success.”

State Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, presented the award to Valmai at a special presentation at Condobolin High School last Wednesday.

“I was pleased to nominate Valmai and thrilled when she received this award,” he said.

“Valmai is a wonderful representative for both indigenous and non-indigenous youth in the Barwon Electorate.

“By volunteering her time to those around her she quietly promotes cohesion and leads by example.

“Students like Valmai are the leaders of tomorrow and it makes me very happy to see such encouraging young adults coming through.”

As recognition of her achievements, Mr Humphries presented Valmai with a certificate and a gift voucher. He also invited her to attend the Emerging Leaders Forum in Sydney in August, where she will meet with Aboriginal, business and Government leaders.

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