International award

Wangaratta teenager honored for leadership and public service
LEADING THE WAY: Student Amanda Roberts was delighted to receive Zonta International’s 2013 Young Women in Public Affairs Award, with Zonta Wangaratta’s Carol Myles and Elaine Mudge, and with Paul Challis and principal Heather Sarau from Wangaratta High School. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A WANGARATTA High School student has taken out a prestigious international award, recognising her outstanding leadership skills and commitment to public service.

Amanda Roberts was nominated by Zonta Wangaratta for the international Young Women in Public Affairs Award, initially selected as Zonta’s representative for a district covering Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Judges received 32 applications from 19 different countries for the 10 international awards, with Amanda just announced as one of only two winners in Australia.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic to win, and really excited both for me and for Zonta Wangaratta, because it’s the first time their representative has received the award,” said Amanda.

“I was so thrilled that the local Zonta group singled me out from all the other young women in the community to represent them, because that in itself was an honor.”

The Young Women In Public Affairs award honors women aged 16 to 19 who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organisations.

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