AWARD WINNER: Sara Thurlow has won the Trisha Reilly Award for 2017.
AWARD WINNER: Sara Thurlow has won the Trisha Reilly Award for 2017. Emily Black

Student awarded for putting people first

FOR almost 30 years, Urangan Point State School has recognised a senior student who was willing to be involved, putting in 100percent effort.

Deputy principal Mark Fowler said the Trisha Reilly award was given out in memory of the past student, who was tragically killed in a boating accident in 1987.


"Speaking to people who went to school with Trisha...she was never perfect, she could even be a bit naughty sometimes, but she was always willing to get in and have a go," he said.

Mr Fowler said the steadfast tradition would continue and this year's recipient, Sara Thurlow, 12, won for her constant effort throughout the year.

"She was always willing to be involved in everything, even if she didn't had to be," he said.

Sara said she was inspired by her mother to always puts other people first and offer a helping hand.

"I had to make icy cups and raise money for the school, every Friday afternoon, all year," she said.


Mr Fowler and Sara said the fundraiser and other student council initiatives, raised $8000 to buy a barbecue, an event marquee and contribute funds towards air-conditioning.

"When we were considering all the students, we spoke to all the staff and every staff member that I spoke to, Sara's name came up at the top of the list," he said.