Walkington Award rewards high achiever

St Luke’s College student Sophie Sparks has received 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 Sophie 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 proud history of supporting local students and looked forward to seeing the education sector in the City continue to grow.

“We have been running the Walkington Award for 32 years now, supporting students in our community to further their studies and pursue their desired career,” Cr Long said.

“The education sector in the City of Karratha has grown vastly since this award began and is set to continue to do so with the proposed Pilbara Universities Centre initiative. This exciting development would see a partnership with a university to deliver a mixed mode of courses right here in the City,” he said.

Cr Long also congratulated this year’s Walkington Award winner and fellow applicants.

“Our 2016 winner, Sophie Sparks, is a most worthy Award recipient, achieving outstanding academic excellence in maths, english and science throughout her schooling years and completing traineeships and placements in the medical field.”

“I wish Sophie and all our 2016 Walkington Award applicants all the best in their future endeavours,” Cr Long added.

 Mayor Peter Long, 2016 Walkington Award winner Sophie Sparks and fellow applicants.

Mayor Peter Long, 2016 Walkington Award winner Sophie Sparks and fellow applicants.