Outstanding young women recognised in 2022 Zonta awards

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Every year, the Zonta Club of Macarthur awards recognize local female students whose achievements set them apart from the rest.

This year nine young Macarthur women were recognised at a presentation dinner held late last month, pictured above.

Leading the way was the winner of Zonta’s Young Woman in Public Affairs Award was Sarah Redfern High School student NickieTran.

Ms Tran also won the 2022 District 24 (NSW and ACT) award.

She is also the recipient of one of 12 hotly contested international scholarship awards.

“Her achievements and dedication to her studies are outstanding,’’ said a Zonta spokesperson.

Liverpool Girls High School student Somika Singh was runner up to Ms Tran.

Two candidates, Avitta Apoua, also of Liverpool Girls High School, and Mikayla Craig, of Elderslie High School, could not be split by the judges for third place so were declared joint winners.

 The judges were confronted with the same challenge for the Achievement Award for a Young Indigenous Woman.

As a result, Lara George, (Leumeah High School) and Taylor Kelly, (Elizabeth Macarthur High School) were declared joint winners.

“Both Lara and Taylor have shown outstanding leadership, as well as active community involvement and academic achievement at their respective high schools,’’ the Zonta spokesperson said.

Ashalea Wiggins, (Ambarvale High School), Christine Kelly – Winters, (Elizabeth Macarthur High School) and Poppy La Hay, (Elderslie High School) also received recognition for their commitment to their studies in the 2022 Zonta Club of Macarthur’s Achievement Award for a Young Indigenous Woman.

“We wish them all success in their future studies and careers.’’

For more information about the Zonta award program please contact Yvonne Stapleton on 0408 208 784 or Judy Armstrong on 0407 953 654.

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