Wodonga's fountain of youth honoured

Molly Hodgson, 16, receives a kiss from her parents Brian and Leanne Hodgson after winning the Visual Arts and Media Award. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER

Molly Hodgson, 16, receives a kiss from her parents Brian and Leanne Hodgson after winning the Visual Arts and Media Award. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER

Rebecca Willcox with her boyfriend Mitch Ware, both 17, from Wodonga.

Rebecca Willcox with her boyfriend Mitch Ware, both 17, from Wodonga.

Jacob Mildren, 17, from Wodonga, won the Sport and Recreation Volunteer Award.

Jacob Mildren, 17, from Wodonga, won the Sport and Recreation Volunteer Award.

Yashoda Gautam, 17, from Wodonga, won the individual Community Service Award.

Yashoda Gautam, 17, from Wodonga, won the individual Community Service Award.

ALL the glitz and glamour of the annual RED Carpet Youth Awards filled The Cube in Wodonga last night.

Now in its sixth year, the awards recognise and highlight the contributions young people aged 14 to 24 make to the community.

The Wodonga Council initiative attracted an audience of 220 residents who watched as winners were announced in 10 categories.

Rebecca Willcox, 17, was named RACV Youth Ambassador for her contribution to the performing arts community in the form of calisthenics.

She has participated in calisthenics for 13 years and has been a cadet coach for five years.

In 2012, Rebecca used her calisthenics expertise to choreograph a performance on the theme of teen drinking at Felltimber Middle Years College.

Outside of calisthenics, the Wodonga Senior Secondary College vice-captain is involved in the community as a venturer scout, part of last year’s Lions Youth of the Year awards and a winner of the Kwong Lee Dow Melbourne University scholarship last year.

Wodonga Council’s youth services officer Anthony Nicholson said the awards were popular each year as they recognised “young people doing great things in our community”.

- Rebecca Willcox — RACV Youth Ambassador

- Nicola Jones — Cleanaway Animalia Eco-Warrior Award,

- Riley Payne — ATEL Employment Services Apprenticeship/Traineeship award,

- Alphabet Crew Youth Group — Rotary Club Wodonga Central Group Community Service award,

- Rebecca Goodvinn — Murray Valley Radiation Oncology Young Carer award,

- Jacob Mildren — YMCA Wodonga Sport and Recreation Volunteer award,

- Cassandra Klein-Boonschate — Aware Industries Endurance/Persistence award,

- Yashoda Gautam — Wodonga Chamber of Business Individual Community Service award,

- Kristen Nichol — MEGAS Music Performing Arts award,

- Molly Hodgson — MZ Design Visual Arts and Media award.

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