Seven News Young Achiever Awards WA
Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award
Bella Burgemeister, 12 of Dalyellup has presented to 3,000 students on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. She authored Bella’s Challenge, a book incentivising children to take environmental action. 500 copies have been sold and distributed to all primary schools in the Greater Bunbury Region, with profits donated to local sustainability projects. Companies such as Bunnings use the book as a sustainability tool. She raised $30,000 with an 11-month campaign for homeless lockers in Bunbury.
Bonnie Beal Richardson, 27 of Mandurah has worked in local government for nine years, currently as Senior Environmental Education Officer. She educated 700 students at the Perth and Peel Regional Kids Teaching Kids conference. She runs a Sustainable Living Workshop series and Environment Event for the annual City’s Stretch Festival. Bonnie won the Highly Commended award for her Reduction Pilot Project, in the Community Household Electricity in the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities awards.
Tanya McKenna, 28 of Perth had her sustainable home featured on TV for its unique and influential design. She has since executed other renovation and building projects, developing eco-friendly apartments as part of her ‘Nature Inspired Eco House’ campaign. Tanya worked for Ecologia Environment as a graduate and undertook post-graduate studies in Sustainability. She accompanying Premier Colin Barnett as Parliamentary Advisor during the termination of mining rights in the Kimberly region for conservation purposes.
First National Real Estate Innovation Award
Brenton Atkinson, 24 of Nedlands completed ground breaking research in offshore engineering through the Woodside FutureLab RiverLab. The research allows for a cheap and accessible alternative to current methods of obtaining the dynamic response data of offshore vessels. He proved the suitability of testing a scale model in the Swan River with a low-cost instrumentation system. The work completed in this project will guide the RiverLab initiative for the next four years of the program.
Ciara Duffy, 23 of Willetton is completing a PhD investigating the ability of honeybee venom to treat triple-negative breast cancer. The Cancer Council of WA is supporting her research to find an alternative to treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. As team leader in the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer she rode 200km and raised over $6,500 for cancer research. She volunteers for St John Ambulance and has been donating blood for eight years.
Hoang Trinh, 14 of Duncraig is engineering edible cutlery to be distributed in his school’s canteen. With a $250 grant from Millennium Kids, he wrote a budget, learnt business tactics and met with a local MP to pitch his project. He is using local ingredients to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic cutlery. Hoang spent a year researching Occupational Health and Safety. Hoang is aiming to 3D print the design to reduce his schools carbon footprint.
The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
Alexander Paioff, 28 of West Swan has successfully delivered music festivals and funded and mentored musicians through his record label. His digital agency, Made In The Pile, employees 50 staff who creative videos, design and comprehensive social media marketing campaigns. Alexander launched Jack Rabbit Slims – one of Perth’s most popular live music venue and nightclubs. His media website, pilerats.com has over 150,000 monthly readers. Alexander volunteers for Uni Camp for Kids and has donated over $55,000.
Jonte Pike, 27 of Balcatta created her fashion label, Jonté Designs. Her label utilises fine fabrics, interesting blends and intricate detailing empowering women with confidence and design flare. Jonte has stockists in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, an online store and a studio showroom. She has also secured a spot in a showroom in Hollywood Los Angeles, to increase her label exposure. Jonte often donate garments to fundraising events and accepts students for work experience placements.
Radheya Jegatheva, 18 of Joondanna is a filmmaker, artist, poet and writer. His films have been played in more than 300 film festivals around with world. Radheya, who taught himself animation, won Best Film at the 2017 International Film Festival for his short animation ‘Journey’. His animation of William Blake’s poem ‘The Tyger’ won international acclaim and is being used as a teaching tool in schools around the world. Radheya volunteers at community and school events.
Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award
Shelley Cable, 23 of Griffith is a Nyoongar woman who is passionate about Indigenous business and financial inclusion. Currently undertaking CPA studies, Shelley was shortlisted to attend Stanford University, to become one of their youngest MBA admissions. In 2017, Shelley presented to the UN and had her recommendations on financial literacy accepted and formally endorsed. She was elected to attend the Uluru Convention on Constitutional Reform, which resulted in the formation of the Uluru Statement.
Cassie Kirtisingham, 28 of Piara Waters developed IZRA, a school program providing resilience workshops to equip students with purpose & strength. The 15 strong IZRA team use interactive presentations, modern branding and conversational language. In 2017, IZRA released a video response to 13 Reasons Why, a TV series on teen suicide, called 1 Reason Why Not, with a free Discussion guide for parents and teachers. The video received over 100, 000 views and 1,000 shares.
Sara Shengeb, 23 of Wellard arrived as a political refugee from Eritrea five years ago. She is a strong advocate for about community development, youth empowerment, human rights and reducing inequalities. Sara speaks five languages and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science. At the Youth Affairs Council she coordinates the Catalyst Youth Summit and ShoutOut programs for young refugees and migrants. Sara was 2016 Australian Young People's Human Right Medal Finalist.
Theadosia Kurniawan, 20 of Dalkeith is the Co-Founder of The Willy Wagtail Project. Under the motto, "Come follow me, let's change the world", she leads a young team in designing and creating upcycled eco-enterprise ideas and products with unique stories. Theadosia is founder of TEDxUWA, WA's first fully student-operated TEDx organisation hosting events showcasing young people’s ideas. She was credited as Australia's only Forbes Under 30 Scholar at the Under 30 Summit in Boston.
Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA Community Service and Volunteering Award
Nikki Wormald, 21 of Silversands founded a Friday Night Girl’s Program for her local Police-Citizens Youth Club. She project manages a basketball program for at-risk youths and raised $14,000 for the program through grants and fundraising. Nikki sourced government funding to train and source referee jobs for program participants. She simultaneously studied social work and worked for a youth drop-in centre. Working for Mission Australia, she started her own recreational program for homeless young people.
Krista Dunstan, 27 of Bayswater has advocated as a lawyer for Indigenous people at the UN. She lectures at the Constitutional Centre on several issues. She spoke at the Australian Law Students Association Conference and convened the National Indigenous Legal Conference. Krista volunteers for the Women in the Law Mentoring Scheme. She is a Legal Practitioner of the Year, features in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and in the 100 Women of Influence lists.
Scott Guerini, 11 of Alkimos started Scott’s Great Walk at age four, walking 25km to town from his farm. He has completed four marathons and hiked 82km in the Canadian Rockies, raising $140,000 for Telethon. He seeks to help sick children and aspires to be a doctor. Scott has featured on Television and delivered a Telethon Beneficiaries Speech to 500 people, including Prime Minister Turnbull. He received the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award twice.
WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award
Andrew Holder, 26 of Palmyra started Revo Fitness in 2012. He grew the business to five gyms and has helped over 20,000 people with their fitness goals. He now employs five managers, 25 casual staff and 30 personal trainers. Revo Fitness supports the community, including Ocean Heroes, a charity teaching children with autism to surf. Andrew also has a passion for cricket and debuted for the Western Warriors Sheffield Shield cricket team in the 2017/2018 season.
Scott Ingram, 25 of West Leederville founded his marketing firm in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce. He acquired 50% of Helium Digital Marketing first year’s revenue through door knocking. Scott also founded Market Social, a not for profit providing student work experience in cause driven businesses. He volunteers communications support for his local church and Helium Digital Marketing sponsors The Stirling Senators Basketball Club.
Jordan Foster, 27 of Innaloo founded ySafe whilst completing her Masters in Psychology. Employing psychologists, educators, and law enforcement personnel, ySafe has delivered cyber safety education to 70,000 students, 10,000 Parents and 1,000 teachers. ySafe saw a 110% increase in profit in 2017 and was an Australian Anthill Cool Company Awards Finalist. ySafe is a regular point of contact for the media on cyber safety stories.
WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award
Asher Goddard, 25 of Condingup graduated from her Animal Science degree with Honours. She was selected as a top ten Australian Meat Judge when she represented Murdoch University in the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition. She supports the Western Australian Beef Industry by coordinating the Western Australian Youth Cattle Handlers Camp. This camp provides participants with hands-on cattle experience. She has been a Beef Cattle Parading State Finalist at the Perth Royal Show.
Tom Curnow, 20 of Scaddan dedicated himself to his family farm after leaving high school. His father was taken two years ago defending their community from a large bushfire. The fire burnt through much of the community, including the family farm. With his uncles’ aid Tom dedicated himself to the farm. He advocates within the media for fire safety as a member of his local fire brigade. His father would be proud.
Madlen Kratz, 25 of Greenwood was a successful recipient of a PhD scholarship, following her Honours thesis on honey bees. Her research has been published in an international peer reviewed journal. The PhD project investigates the link between honey bee nutrition and management of the disease Nosemosis. Madlen aims to improve the sustainability of the industry. She is providing beekeepers with knowledge of the nutritional requirements that will protect colonies from this common disease.
School Drug Education and Road Aware Health and Wellbeing Award
Maddison Chinnery, 15 of Kalgoorlie aims to become a paediatrician to combat rural Australia’s lack of health professionals. She has personally experienced the effects of this shortfall when she broke her growth plate in her foot. Since nine she has worked with her sister, entertaining children as a fairy princess. She has raised money for organisations such as Red Cross, Cancer Council and LifeLink. Maddison attends events such as the Young Women's Wellness Retreat.
Scott Guerini, 11 of Alkimos seeks to help sick children and aspires to be a doctor. He started Scott’s Great Walk at age four, walking 25km to town from his farm. He has completed four marathons and hiked 82km in the Canadian Rockies, raising $140,000 for Telethon. Scott has featured on television and delivered a Telethon Beneficiaries Speech to 500 people, including Prime Minister Turnbull. He received the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award twice.
Paris Mitchell, 27 of Churchlands is advocating for healthier and safer communities. He speaks at schools, not for profits and government agencies. Pairs tells his story of turning a history of addiction, incarceration and mental health issues into a fulfilling, healthy life. He has since completed a degree and started his own business. He spoke to over 7,000 Western Australians last year, using motivational content, workshops and his original music.
Surge Fitness Sports Award
Brad Scott, 29 of Withers is a three-time Paralympian, winning two silver medals and a bronze. Brad coaches and mentors athletes throughout regional WA to achieve their personal best. Brad is studying a Bachelor of Sports Management to be followed by a Master of Education. He aspires to positively impact future generations as a school teacher. Brad’s motto is “disability doesn't need to be your excuse. It can be your greatest opportunity”.
Rahul Jegatheva,16 of Joondanna won first place last year at the World Aquathlon Championships. He won the 2015-16 Western Australian Open Water race series, undefeated with 8 gold medals. This qualified him for the National Championships. He competed in the World Youth Scrabble Championships, placing 25th as Australia’s second-best competitor. He mentors junior scrabble players and many young athletes. He volunteers at community events such as the Perth Swan Festival of Lights.
Kara Donnellan, 25 of Willetton is the Captain for the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL Women’s League. She has also completed a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. She has been four-time captain for the Swan Districts Football Club, and Best and Fairest three times. Kara manages the V Swans, the education and community development department of the Swan Districts Football Club. Through sport programs she has reintegrated 300 previously incarcerated men into the community.
The Diamond Club Online Achievement Award
Jaimen Hudson, 27 of Esperance is an Aerial drone photographer & cinematographer. In 2008, he had a motorcycle accident that left him a Quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. Jaimen has raised the Profile of Esperance with his aerial footage being aired to audiences around the globe. He held Tourism Australia’s number #2 top social media post for 2016 and his Instagram, Facebook and Youtube videos and images has amassed over 250 million views.
Aaron Devellerez, 28 of Morley is the Digital Operations Manager at HBF. He led the digital development for Direct Advice for Dads, an award-winning website and simplified the General Insurance webpages, generating increased sales. Aaron moved the HBF Run website to a new content management system, achieving cost savings and business efficiencies. Direct Advice for Dads won multiple national awards and was a Project of the Year Award’s Finalist at the Content Marketing World Awards.
Helen Kwok, 29 of Willetton is an award-winning e-learning and multimedia designer. Working in education and government she has created online resources, serious game prototypes, team-building experiences, videos, animations, websites and graphics. Helen helped design and create a series of online new employee induction courses, which won Gold at the 2017 LearnX Impact Awards. Helen was asked to overhaul and rebrand the identity of the Playup Perth website which helped secure their first ever funding partner.