William's a top student

November 15, 2017

NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes presents Corowa High School student William Johnston with the Minister’s Award for Excellent in Student Achievement.

Year 12 student William Johnston has become the tenth Corowa High School student to receive the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement.

Corowa High School Principal Dr Joanne Bellette said she was extremely proud of William’s continuous achievements.

“William is an exceptional student who demonstrates skills across the board at school,” she said.

“He is academically excellent but also a leader with his role as vice-captain of the school.”

Dr Bellette said his achievements did not stop there with William also involved in sport and musical activities.

The 18-year-old was presented the award at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney on September 13.

The annual awards recognise the achievements of outstanding students and teachers in NSW.

“He was an ideal candidate for the Minister’s Award for Excellence,” Dr Bellette said.

“We congratulate William on receiving the prestigious award.”

William was also described by his principal as a role model for other students.

“He really is an all-rounder and leads by example, which is probably his biggest strength,” she said.

William, who is in the middle of his Year 12 high school exams, is in the school band and a local band outside of school where he plays drums and also sings.

Corowa High School has a long successful history associated with the awards, with this latest win capping off ten victories for the school.

The awards have been running for 13 years and while Corowa High School did not participate in the first two years, the school has had ten students now take out the award.

Dr Bellette said the string of awards won by students at the school was what attracted her to the position when she applied earlier this year.

“When I did research into the position for principal this was something that stood out to me,” she said.

“I thought ‘this is a school that actually has capacity to create excellence and is being recognised at one of the highest levels’.”

Dr Bellette said there was a real ethos around excellence in the community and advising the children to excel and make something of themselves.

“It’s amazing, really fantastic and I am proud to be a part of a community that has these values,” she said.

William was nominated for the award by his school.

“We always do a review of all of our students as to who would be appropriate and if no one is appropriate then no one gets nominated, but we often and typically have someone that has excelled in a range of areas and Will was a very obvious candidate,” Dr Bellette said.

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