Year 12 student Mackenzie King received the 2019 Walkington Award for her academic achievements and generous community service during an awards ceremony at Council Chambers this evening.
Now in its 35th year, the Walkington Award commemorates the service of Doctor Al Walkington, founding director of North Regional TAFE, previously known as Karratha College and the Pilbara Institute.
The award, valued at $5000, supports a Year 12 student within the City of Karratha to continue full-time or part-time tertiary studies at a recognised education institution.
Mackenzie received a $5000 bursary from the City of Karratha to be used for tuition fees and to pursue her aspiration to study physiotherapy and secondary education in Perth.
Mackenzie King continues the College’s rich history with the award with a St Luke’s student winning the award five of the last six years.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long congratulated this year’s recipient and all the applicants.
“The Walkington Award has a proud history of supporting local students who embody the three pillars of academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and community service,” Cr Long said.
“Mackenzie was St Luke’s College’s 2019 Dux Award recipient and Sports Captain and Wickham’s Junior Citizen of the Year.
“She has generously given back to the Wickham community through volunteering many hours at the Wickham Wolves Football Club, Wickham Netball Association, Wickham Wanderers Soccer Club and the Port Walcott Yacht Club and Surf Life Saving Club.
“I am proud of the dedication and leadership our young people demonstrate each year and the significant contribution they make to their communities.
“I wish Mackenzie and all the 2019 Walkington Award applicants all the best in their future endeavours.”