On Tuesday the 19th February fifteen-year old Kojonup girl, Katina Cox, was presented with the prestigious ‘Mt Romance Bessie Flowers Indigenous Young Australian Award’ at Albany Senior High School’s annual awards assembly.
The Bessie Flowers awards are available each year to indigenous students in the Great Southern region as recognition of academic excellence. Katina, who is currently in Year 11 and studying at Albany Senior High School, was nominated for her commitment to achieve to the best of her ability. Katina’s dedication to her education has enabled her to make a smooth transition with her studies since having moved from Kojonup to board in Albany just over 12 months ago.
Katina is a member of the Albany Follow the Dream program which assists aspirant indigenous students to achieve their best in high school and be well placed to undertake employment or further study after completing Year 12. Through the programme she has already attended the Follow the Dream ‘Careers Camp’, The University of Western Australia’s ‘Health and Science Camp’ and the ‘Perth Indigenous Science Forum’.
Katina has recently commenced an Aboriginal School Based Traineeship with the ANZ bank. This traineeship allows her to complete school whilst attending the bank one day a week and will provide her with a Certificate Two once she has completed the necessary hours next year.
Katina clearly has a bright future ahead of her and is a fantastic role model to her peers.