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Awards to recognise outstanding youth in Benalla

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Benalla Get Out There Youth Awards.

August 14, 2014 3:14am

The award winners at the Get Out There Youth AwardsBenalla Ensign on 18/09/2013 CAPTION: The award winners at the Get Out There Youth Awards

The achievements of Benalla’s youth will once again be on show at the annual Get Out There Youth Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the annual event recognises the talents of young people in the district for a variety of discplines and attributes.

Benalla P-12 College VCAL Personal Development students are organising the event, and are seeking nominations for outstanding young people aged between 12 and 25 years.

Benalla P-12 College teacher and VCAL co-odinator Pip Rowe said the event was unique because it was organised by youth, for their peers.

‘‘We’ve got young people with their great ideas about what other young people are attracted to,’’ Ms Rowe said.

‘‘It’s also about the idea of (the students) being active in their community. It’s a way of getting them to recognise that they need to be part of it.’’

The students have been working since Term 2 to organise the event, which will culminate in the awards night on September 11.

Nominations are currently open for the seven categories: sport, volunteering and fundraising, young employee or apprentice, leadership, encouragement, group and creative arts, drama and music.

The awards night will be held at BPACC and will showcase performances from students at Benalla P-12 College and FCJ College.

Winners will be judged by a panel of students and youth, overseen by teachers and council representatives.

Benalla Rural City, Worktrainers, Bendigo Bank, Benalla Theatre Company and Tomorrow:Today Foundation are sponsoring the event.

‘‘Benalla Rural City is putting up the major money to run it, but the whole running of it is left to the VCAL kids, which is great,’’ Ms Rowe said.

Nomination forms are available from Benalla P-12 College and FCJ College, Benalla Rural City council and online at

Nominations close August 21.

For more information phone Pip Rowe on 57612888 or email

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