Committed girls put town on map

TWO community-minded young women put Woodenbong on the map at the Kids in Community Awards held last Wednesday night in Lismore.

Shanise Close and Ebony Hunt, students at Woodenbong Central School, won their categories at the community awards and their families and vice-principal, Ian Geyercouldn't be prouder.

“Shanise is an amazing younga woman who glides effortlessly between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups in the community,” Mr Geyer said.

“She has developed great friendships across all age groups and cultures and always has a happy smile and ‘can do' attitude.”

Ms Close won the Supporting Indigenous Youth Award.

“I was very excited as I wasn't expecting it,” she said. “I just help to support the school by getting young Aboriginal kids to stay in class and help them when I can.”

Mr Geyer said Ebony won her Supporting Diverse Youth Award because she “has a quiet nature with a steely determination”.

“She likes to go the extra mile for people and recently won the inspiration award at school for the work she has done with the kids in the special education unit. She is a great advocate for kids and does a lot of voluntary work at school with the school chaplain,” he said.



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