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Sarina's Future Leaders Honoured At SSHS Academic Awards

Sarina’s young achievers were in the spotlight last week at the Sarina State High School (SSHS) Annual Presentation Night.

Bringing together the school community, students were awarded for qualities such as academic excellence, leadership, and contributions to their school and the wider community.

Community Bank Sarina Bendigo Bank sponsored the Community Citizenship Role Model Awards (Grades 7-12), the Employment Ready Award, and the Excellence in Business Award.

Community Bank Sarina Deputy Chair Maree Franettovich said the awards overall are a way to recognise students for their diligent work and accomplishments, whilst also motivating students to reach their full potential.

The Community Citizenship Role Model Award acknowledges a student’s active participation in their school and broader community, looking to each grade level for students who are getting involved and giving back to their community.

The Employment Ready Award focuses on the student’s demonstration of employability skills, such as dependability, adaptability and resilience – while the Excellence in Business Award specified an outstanding contribution to the Business Technology Department, and enthusiastically participating in business activities outside of class time also.

“It was wonderful to see a celebration of the diverse talents and skills of our local young people. Community Bank Sarina is proud to support these awards – they are an opportunity to provide recognition, instilling confidence and belief in their abilities,” Ms. Franettovich said.

Community Bank Sarina also sponsored two $2000 SSHS Senior Schooling Scholarships for students entering grade 11 in 2024, which were presented to Jacob Adams and Sophie Steindl.

The selection criteria for the scholarships covered not just academic efforts, but also school and community engagement, plus personal and career goals.

Scholarship recipient Sophie said the scholarship relieved financial pressure for her family and was grateful for the generosity of Community Bank Sarina and the support of her parents to encourage her to apply.

“Scholarships like these are important as they help students like me receive opportunities in education that they might not of aimed for before. I hope to complete further education in the medical field after school as I have always loved helping people, and this scholarship is a helpful step towards these goals,” Ms Steindl said.

Scholarship recipient Jacob was “excited and happy” that this scholarship will give him the chance to get his name out in the community, and help him eventually chase a career in either sports, engineering, or both.

“I hope to continue studying after high school to become an engineer, and pursue my passion for sprinting and NRL.”

“It’s great that Community Bank Sarina gives back to their community through scholarships such as these, and I look forward to seeing what opportunities it brings,” Mr Adams said.

Community Bank Sarina also offer CQUniversity scholarships annually and applications for 2024 open November 1. For more information see the Community Bank Sarina Facebook page or contact

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