Hard work pays off in an award
KEPNOCK High School student Liam Evans credits his parents with giving him the work ethic to help him take out an achievement award yesterday.
Liam was one of the winners at the International Day of People with a Disability luncheon and Excel Awards ceremony.
He won the junior achievement section for his hard work in overcoming his disability, which relates to emotions and anger management.
Liam, who has just finished Year 11, also works as a car detailer and is heavily involved in rugby league.
"This award means a lot," he said.
"It's the first time I've ever won anything."
Liam said he put in a lot of hours between school and his job.
"I don't really have days off," he said.
The teenager said he tried to follow the example of his parents, who had always worked hard.
"They've taught me how to work," he said.
The employment award was won by Megatoy, which employs disabled people at its workshop.
Representative Kym Howland said the company had two disabled people working on its production floor and one in the office.
"I needed help in administration and got a service provider to give us a hand, and they found us someone really nice," she said.
"They give 100% effort."
Individual Award - Kelly Brunckhorst.
Senior Achievement - Chris Grimes.
Junior Achievement - Liam Evans.
Employment - Megatoy.
Service Provider - Steps Community Services, Gin Gin.