The sisters are part of a group of 11 promising academics from across the state being recognized for their academic achievement through the CEO’s Reconciliation Awards or Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarships.
A native of Nuriootpa High School, Angie, a 2020 graduate, is studying Laboratory Medicine at the University of South Australia.
She is one of two Reconciliation Award recipients recognized for achieving the highest Australian Higher Education Admission (ATAR) rankings among the state’s Indigenous students.
Meg is in Grade 11 at Nuriootpa High School and is one of nine recipients of the Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarships designed to help Indigenous students in Grades 11 and 12 begin their SACE and pursue their educational and professional goals after graduation. school.
Like her sister, she can’t wait to pursue a path in health sciences when she graduates.
“I am very happy to celebrate these promising young academics who are committed to their education and who are an outstanding example of what Indigenous students in South Australia can accomplish,” said Education Minister John Gardner.
“We are committed to improving outcomes for Indigenous children, youth and their families by recognizing the importance of a strong cultural identity in our schools, workplaces and our community at large.
“National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to reconciliation in Australia.”
“As a ministry, we will continue to support and set high expectations for the academic and personal success of Aboriginal students,” said Ministry of Education CEO Rick Persse.
“I am proud to see a trend of increasing positive academic outcomes for all Aboriginal students in this state. It’s an honor to our team across the state.
“This includes an increase in the retention rate of Indigenous students, an increase in the number of Indigenous SACE graduates and an increase in Indigenous enrollment in kindergartens and schools in South Australia.
Reconciliation Week 2021 Award Recipients:
- Angie Couzner Nuriootpa High School (student in laboratory medicine at Uni SA)
- Grace Bennett Playford International College (studying teaching at Uni SA)
2021 Dame Roma Mitchell Scholars:
- Amber Kearney Salisbury High School
- Dimitra Tsavaris Salisbury East High School
- Faith Morgan Renmark High School
- Jordyn Doll Grant High School
- Kelly Santry Brighton High School
- Meg Couzner Nuriootpa High School
- Liam Porter Glossop High School
- Shaewanah Coulthard Leigh Creek Area School
- Zoe Solomon Port Augusta High School
The awards complement the department’s Indigenous education strategy to improve outcomes for Indigenous students by helping them be proud and confident learners from birth, in school and beyond.