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The Millicent High School Awards Night is a the culmination of the year’s work for student and teachers and the following students were awarded for excellence in a variety of categories.
Heidi Clark provided her acceptance speeches to 5 THE FM on winning the Bank SA Award and the Caltex Award
‘Welcome to the teachers, parents, friends, students and guests here tonight.
I would like to start by thanking Mrs Sandland and Bank SA for presenting me with this award. I am honoured to have my academic achievements recognised and be the recipient of such a prestigious award.
Although I feel as though I am no more worthy of receiving these awards than any other Year 12 student here tonight, I am honoured to have my hard work and commitment to my education over the past 5 years noticed. I’m not going to lie and say that Year 12 is easy because it’s not, and throughout it I was faced with many challenges which I had to overcome. But these challenges have made completing this year successfully much more of an achievement. The best advice I can give present and future students is that whether you are in Year 8 or Year 12, it all counts. Everything you do leading up to Year 12 helps to prepare you and the habits that you develop throughout Years 8 to 11 will be the ones that you carry with you into Year 12. So work hard, try your best and make these habits positive ones.
I would not be receiving this award tonight if it wasn’t for the hard work of my teachers. The ongoing help, support, dedication and perseverance you have all given me has made my schooling at Millicent High School that much easier and is greatly appreciated.
I especially want to say a huge thank you to Mrs Sandland. Without you I honestly don’t think I would have survived Year 12. You went above and beyond for me, sacrificing your own time to helping me achieve my best not only in PE but in other subject areas as well. I can’t thank you enough for that. I truly appreciate every bit of advice, help and support you have given me not only this year but over the past 4 years. I can’t tell you nor can I show you enough appreciation for what you have done for me because you have done so much. I’m forever grateful for having had you as my teacher, a teacher I look up to and one day aspire to be. Millicent High School will not be the same without you and you will be sorely missed. I wish you the best of luck for the future and remind you that there will always be a place for you in Millicent.
I must also thank Mr Watson and Miss Lepley for their continual support over the last 12 months. I really appreciate all the advice and help you have both given me and thank you for making yourselves available to assist me throughout the year.
To my friends and family, thank you for putting up with me and helping me get through the times when the pressure and stress got too much. You’ve played a vital role in my success and I would not have coped without your love and support.
Lastly, I would like to take the time to say thank you to my fellow graduates, I will cherish the memories we have created together throughout our schooling and wish you all the best of luck with your future endeavours. Thank you.
Heidi Clark winning Caltex award, for all round achievement, with emphasis on extra curricular activities and was presented by Lori Sandiland.
‘Good evening. Firstly, I must express my thanks to Mrs Sandland for presenting me with this award tonight on behalf of Caltex. I am honoured to have been acknowledged for such a prestigious award.
Over the past five years at Millicent High School I have involved myself in many extra-curricular activities, mostly sporting related. This year especially I have found myself involved in a wide variety of school-based activities, including, camps, excursions, knock-out sports and many more. This has been a welcome distraction from the pressures of Year 12 and I recommend all future Year 12 students become involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible. It was these activities which I looked forward to the most throughout the year and used as motivation when academic times were tough. They were also the very things that made this year so memorable and I will never forget the memories I have made by being involved in such activities. I can honestly say that for me one of the worst things about finishing school and one of the things I will miss most is no longer being able to participate and compete in these.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff of Millicent High School for allowing me to represent the school and be a part of such a large range of extra-curricular activities. In particular Mrs Sandland, Miss Lepley, Mr Watson and the rest of the PE staff for the endless amount of work you put in each year to organise knock-out sports, athletics days, swimming carnivals, camps and excursions. Your efforts give us the opportunity to be involved in such events. I know I can speak on behalf of many of the students as this school when I say that although it may sometimes seem that your efforts in organising such events may go unnoticed, we all appreciate it very much.
Thanks must also go to my family for allowing me to be involved in these extra-curricular activities. An especially big thank you goes to my mum for letting me be involved despite having to remind me to ‘take it easy’ and constantly worrying that I would arrive home injured after competing in knock-out sports, due to my slightly competitive nature.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate all other award recipients tonight. Thank you.’
Photograph: Belinda Elton, Source: Heidi Clark
Siobhan Joiner provided her acceptance speech to 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow, on winning the Lioness Achievement Award, for exceptional determination to achieve personal goals and was presented by Beccy Field and Yvonne Cowin
‘First of all I would like to just say thank you to the Lioness Club for this award. This is a very prestigious award and I am very honoured to be receiving it tonight.
Everyday many people around us are going through many things that that we are unaware of. These last few years of schooling have not been the easiest but I have made it through and for that I would like to thank my family for supporting me through every decision I have made, to all the teachers for always being so understanding and supportive, to Mrs Hamilton for always being there for me, and lastly to my friends, for having to put up with me.
Major awards were also presented to Year 10 Sarah Allen – ADF Long Tan Award, and Katelyn Abbott Mayoral Award