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High-achieving school leavers awarded

By Louise Errington

Certificate III in Music student Jaz Ocampo is the first VET student to receive a CDU High Achiever award Certificate III in Music student Jaz Ocampo is the first VET student to receive a CDU High Achiever award

Charles Darwin University has celebrated its high-achieving first year students by awarding scholarships and prizes valued at more than $170,000.

The CDU High Achievers’ awards recognise exceptional academic achievements of selected Northern Territory school leavers who choose to study at CDU.

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Martin Carroll said he was pleased that the university had again attracted a strong group of local year 12 graduates.

“These awards keep home-grown talent in the NT, and could see CDU graduates contribute to the region’s advancement through their respective industries,” Professor Carroll said.

CDU Certificate III in Music student and Vice-Chancellor's Prize recipient Jaz Ocampo was the first Vocational Education and Training (VET) student to receive a CDU High Achiever award. She said she felt honoured to have her hard work in year 12 recognised.

“Being able to study at CDU is wonderful because I do not have to be away from my family and friends,” Jaz said.

“I am really enjoying the VET experience and am meeting a lot of inspiring people.

“After I complete my Certificate, I intend to continue on to a higher education course at CDU, possibly in medicine.”

In her spare time, Jaz volunteers at the Darwin Diocese Youth Office, and performs for Catholic youth groups.

Jaz was one of 18 high-achieving students awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Prize, valued at $6000.

Four high-achieving students were awarded Pro Vice-Chancellors' Scholarships, and will receive $6000 in their first year, followed by $5000 a year for the remainder of their degrees.