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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

WA students win Rob Riley prizes

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Two of Western Australia’s top performing Aboriginal students have been named the winners of the 2017 Rob Riley Memorial Prize.

John Curtin College of the Arts graduate Ashley Maroney was the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) prize winner, while Belmont City College graduate Kienan Davis was the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize winner.

The Rob Riley Memorial Prize, named in honour of the late Aboriginal human rights advocate, is awarded to the top performing Aboriginal students in public schools.

Ashley will study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and International Relations, at The University of Western Australia before going on to study law.

She is a role model for other young people as an Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience ambassador and wants to become a politician.

Kienan achieved a number of qualifications in tourism, business and sport and recreation while at Belmont City College and is now studying a Diploma of Nursing to fulfil his dream of becoming a paramedic.

He said he also benefited from the Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer Foundation’s Follow the Dream program.

Both winners receive $5000 towards further education and training.

Rob Riley prize recipients Kienan Davis and Ashley Maroney with WA Education Minister Sue Ellery

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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