Albany student named as finalist in WA’s vocational student of the year award

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Meg Maroni.
Camera IconMeg Maroni.

A high-achieving Albany student has been named as a finalist in WA’s vocational student of the year award, with the winner to be announced later this month.

Meg Maroni is no stranger to such recognition.

After finishing her Certificate IV in Information Technologies last year, she shared the top honour at South Regional TAFE’s Awards for Excellence. She also won Albany’s Great Southern vocational student of the year award.

But Ms Maroni appears to take the success in her stride.

“I was very surprised,” she said. “My lecturer really encouraged me. He said, ‘can you please apply for this award?’ and I entered with a bit of a description about myself and any achievements I’ve made during my studies ... and then they selected us.” With an initial list of about 16 candidates in the category, the field was whittled down to a list of just four finalists, with the winner named at the WA Training Awards on September 17.

Ms Maroni said during her time completing her Certificate IV, and now working at Little Grove Primary School and Albany Secondary Education Support Centre, she had tried to take the opportunities that were available.

“I've really tried to jump in the deep end with any challenges or any opportunities that have come my way,” she said.

“I've really just taken them on full-force and I’ve really tried my best to give back anything that I’ve learnt.

“I’ve helped fellow TAFE students this year with their studies and been a bit of a mentor for others.

“And I’m using my knowledge now to teach those in primary school some STEM skills, some programming skills, so I’m really trying to share what I learn.”

While winning the overall award later this month would be a boost, Ms Moroni said there were plenty of opportunities to come.

“It would be really exciting,” she said.

“I would love to win, but these other women look just as wonderful, if not better. I’m just very glad to be attending and to be nominated.”

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