School leader acknowledged

YANCO Agricultural High School year 12 student Celina Delaney has been granted one of the highest honours in the education system.
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Celina received the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement on September 3 in Sydney.

The award, presented by Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, recognises a student’s achievements throughout their high school years.

Celina, her family and YAHS principal Daryl Finch travelled to Sydney to take part in the ceremony, where two other Riverina students were granted the same honour.

“I didn’t really appreciate how big the award really was until I got there on the day,” Celina said.

“It’s such a privilege being given such a prestigious award … it’s a big honour.

“I was really grateful and the high calibre of the other recipients really blew me away too.”

The awards recognise a student’s involvement in the corporate life of their school, leadership positions, participation in academic, sport, creative and performing arts, community service work, charity and local council involvement, and representing their school in a variety of external forums.

Mr Finch said Celina was a deserving recipient of the award.

“To my knowledge this is the first time a student here has been given the award,” he said.

“Celina excels at academics, sport, culture and more.

“This is a very important achievement.”

Mr Piccoli was pleased to present the awards.

“It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the achievements of these outstanding role models who have been honoured today,” he said.

“These terrific young people are an inspiration to their peers and a credit to their parents, their schools, their teachers and their community, all of whom provided them with guidance, encouragement and support.

“NSW Public schools are cultivating the next generation of leaders.”

YANCO Agricultural High School student Celina Delaney with deputy director-general schools Greg Pryor after receiving the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement recently.

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