Forbes High School Principal, Mr Charles Dwyer, presenting Monica Pascoe with the Caltex Best All Rounder Award in 2016.Recent Forbes High graduate, Monica Pascoe, has been nominated for the Aboriginal EducationCouncil’s Aboriginal Education Award.
The 18-year-old was nominated byForbes High School Aboriginal Education Officer, Barry Merritt.
Mr Merritt putforward Monica’s application based on her outstanding academic, sporting and cultural contribution throughout her secondary schooling.
During her time at FHS, Monica held a positionon the Student Representative Council, participated in sporting and cultural events and went on to becomeHouse Vice-Captain.
“Monica’s contribution to the school has been amazing. Students follow her lead and want to emulate her.
“Students in the school and wider community have benefited from Monica and her enthusiastic approach to her culture and enriching and imparting her knowledge on the younger students,” Mr Merrittsaid.
In the last two years, the goal-driven young woman has been recognised for achieving across all areas.
“Shewas always striving to attain her own personal goals, whether they were in regards to school or her personal life,” Mr Merritt said.
Whilst at FHS, Monica received theBlaze Little Memorial Award,Blue andGold Citizenship Award andCertificates of Excellence for representing her school and region at state level in both cross country and athletics.
In 2016 Monica received the Caltex Best All Rounder Award, from one of Australia’s most respected secondary education recognition programs.She also took out Forbes High School Sports Woman of the Year.
“Monica had a goal to achieve in her final years of schooling and she made the most of all available resources that could be offered to her,” Mr Merrittsaid.
During a difficult period in her life last year, Monica remained self-motivated and driven to complete her studies.
Her advice to Indigenous students going through a tough time while trying to complete their education:
“Never give up. Iknow it gets hard but there isalways a way out of it and always ways of coming up bigger. They just need to remember there isso much more out there than what’s going on in front of them,” Monica said.
Taking out the Aboriginal Education Award would be huge for Monica. “It would mean the world to me.It is hard work paying off in the end. It would be really good for our community in Forbes for someone to get that award,” she said.
After receiving several Band 5’s in her HSC, Monica has now relocated to Murrumbateman.
She willbegin an Associate Degree at ANU in Canberra this year, before going on to study accounting.
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