Jessica Duncan and Bree Pring have progressed to the next stage of the 2019 Seven News NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards, with both being named semi-finalists in their respective categories.
Ms Duncan is a semi-finalist in all three awards she was nominated in – the Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award, the Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award and the NSW Deputy Premier's Regional Achiever Award.
She is one of only six semi-finalists in the Aboriginal Education Award, one of 12 people, including Ms Pring, up for the Community Service Award, and one of 12 semi-finalists for the Regional Achiever Award.
Ms Duncan said she was shocked to find out she was a semi-finalist, among some strong candidates, including fellow Moree woman Bree Pring.
“It’s very humbling to get that far when you look at other people who have been named semi-finalists,” she said.
“It was also lovely to see Briana Pring make the semi-final as well.”
Meanwhile, Ms Pring is also a semi-finalist in the Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award.
A third Moree woman, Emily Cosgrove, was also nominated for the NSW Department of Education Early Childhood Educator Award, but unfortunately missed out semi-final placing.
The Young Achiever Awards aim to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people in NSW and the ACT up to and including 29 years of age as of December 31.
Nominations for the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards were sought in the following categories:
- First National Real Estate Leadership Award
- Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award
- Western Sydney University Academic Achievement Award
- Western Sydney University Science and Technology Award
- NSW Department of Education Early Childhood Educator Award
- Scouts NSW/ACT Youth Development Award
- NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation – Innovation Award
- Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award
- NSW Deputy Premier’s Regional Achiever Award
The next round of judging, which determines the finalists in each category, will take place on Wednesday, December 12. The finalists will then be presented and the winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday, March 1, 2019.
Category winners will each receive $1,000 cash and a $1,000 Bartercard account plus a trophy. Every nominee will receive a certificate of achievement. The NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year will receive $2,000 and a trophy.