High achiever wins Walkington Award

St Luke’s College student Anshula Ashish has scooped the highly prestigious Walkington Award for her outstanding academic achievements and community service.

Facilitated by the City of Karratha to encourage students to continue tertiary education pursuits the award commemorates the service of Pilbara Institute founding director Dr Al Walkington.

For her achievements Anshula will receive $5000 from the City of Karratha to be used for tuition fees and to support her studies.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Walkington Award had a long and proud history of supporting the growth of local talent and congratulated Anshula and the other participants.

“We have been running the Walkington Award for 31 years now which equates to $155,000 supporting students in our community to further their studies and pursue their desired career,” Cr Long said.

“A lot has changed in our City since the early days of Karratha College and we now have a thriving education sector with eight primary schools, three high schools and access to tertiary degrees offered through the Pilbara Institute and Central Queensland University.”

“Anshula is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award, achieving outstanding academic excellence in the arts and sciences throughout her schooling years and dedicating hundreds of hours to the community through mentoring and leadership efforts and community initiatives.”

“I wish Anshula all the best with her plans to complete a Bachelor of Science before continuing her study in Postgraduate Medicine and congratulate all applicants in this year’s award. It’s a fantastic reflection of the exceptional talent we have here in our community,” Cr long added.