Federation Council’s Young Citizen of the Year winner Liam Summons used to think his achievements were not particularly ones that “stood out”.
That mindset has now changed after being publicly recognised at Corowa’s Australia Day celebrations.
“It feels great to win this award and stand out in the community,” Liam said.
“This award is not just a piece of paper, or certificate, or whatever it may be but rather it is a sign that I have stood out in the community and done my best to help others.
“Honestly, to myself, I didn’t think that I stood out much but to other people I have, and I am seeing that now.”
The 15-year-old from Oaklands demonstrates his leadership and community contribution though many community events including the Oaklands Anzac March, Oaklands Truck Show and a variety of volunteering projects.
His achievements include sports house captain at Oaklands Central School and serving on the student representative council.
Liam studies Japanese and was selected to be an ambassador for Federation Council’s Sister City Program to Japan last year.
“Japan has a much different culture compared to Australia and I was able to test my language skills while I was there,” he said.
“I learnt a lot and it was generally a lot of fun.
“A lot of the other students had bits that stood out the most to them, but I enjoyed the whole experience.
“Some would say it is something on their bucket list to tick off, but I thought it was much more than that, it was quite an experience.”