Australia Day Awards: Young Achiever of the Year

Joel Hedge and Eddi Raglus

THE Young Achiever of The Year Award is given to young people who have shown above average performance in academic, sporting and or community endeavour. Usually these people have represented their school, sporting organisation or Wingham Community in their chosen field or a combination of several events. These persons are known locally for the goodwill they have brought to the community.

In 2014 the Rotary Board had such difficulty in choosing a recipient that it was decided to recognise two young people for their contribution to our community.

Joel Hedge

JOEL Hedge is a leader and mentor, able to use his collaborative and collegial style to encourage others of all ages to achieve at their best. Joel has shown on many occasions an ability to bring others along with him, whether in volunteer activities with Red Cross, Salvation Army, Smith Family or 40 hour Famine organisations, or in Wingham High School SRC and other student activities.

Joel's academic achievements are inspirational and have been recognised by several organisations including Rotary, Lions, Bell Shakespeare Company, National Art School, Toastmasters and Taree and District Eisteddfod. He was dux of Wingham High Year 11 in 2013 gaining first place in five of his chosen subject areas.

After receiving the SRC Core Values Award and Wingham High School A1 Status Award, Joel is also appointed school captain for the 2013/2014 school year.

Eddi Raglus

EDDI Raglus is a high achiever in both academic and community life, balancing a busy school life with all her community and personal commitments.

The youth of the Manning Valley have benefitted greatly from programs in which Eddi has been involved, building self-esteem and cultural background. Manning Neighbourhood Services, The Smith Family Student to Student program, Manning Youth Creative Ensemble and Manning Youth Action Team, as well as organising and performing in group activities at the Wingham Akoostik Festival. Eddi has been very active with the Manning Valley neighbourhood circus assisting a number of associated activities around Wingham.

Further afield Eddi has performed at the Hong Kong Chinese New Year festivities, and the Catapult Festival's emerging Artist Program held in Bathurst. She received the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award in 2012 for service to our Australian community.

Eddi shows high endeavour in her academic and school leadership roles, being a member of the school SRC, receiving A1 status awards each year and excellence awards for individual subject outcomes. Eddi is also a Wingham High School captain for 2014. 

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