RISING star Rebecca Hatch has been named Campbelltown’s Youth Ambassador for 2018.
Which came as a big surprise to the 17-year-old who thought her main job on the night was singing the national anthem.
The well-known singer from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School was a popular winner selected from an impressive batch of finalists.
Rebecca was presented her award on Monday night by Dianne Blyth, president of Campbelltown Rotary, which holds the annual event at Wests Leagues Club.
“My mum has always taught me the importance of community work and to strive to achieve the best that I can whether it’s within leadership roles, my education or in the performing arts,” Rebecca said.
“I never expected to win this award I was shocked when I was announced the winner.
“It is a great honour winning the 2018 Campbelltown Youth Ambassador Of the Year.”
This award means a lot to me as it sums up everything I’ve been working towards. Being a great community citizen and a good role model to young people of Campbelltown
The teenager is a former Campbelltown Young Citizen of the Year and regularly performs at major events, including singing the anthem at ANZ stadium for the Indigenous Round between Wests Tigers & South Sydney, televised on channel nine.
Rebecca was nominated by her school’s Aboriginal education officer Sarah Wilson and music teacher Cindy Prpic.
“Rebecca is an intelligent and caring young woman whose journey has become an inspiration for many vocalists, particularly for Indigenous students,” the nomination stated.
“She is a regular performer at school assemblies [and she] has help conduct and led the school Dharawal Anthem Choir for the past 5 years. She has continued to teach and educate student about her culture and has taught the language to a number of schools in the region.”
Last year, Rebecca was selected to work with APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) mentors Thelma Plum (songwriter) and Jean Paul Fung (Sony music producer), composing a pop piece titled ‘Don’t Over Think It’ that was entered into the Triple J’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative, which she won. Rebecca’s song was then picked up by Triple J and added to their playlist.
As runner-ups, special awards were given to Rachael Rosee of Campbelltown East Public School (Andy Raine Award) and Chloe Bloom of Broughton Anglican College (Roy Bowl Award) for their exceptional efforts.
Awards category finalists on the night included: Caitlin Dillon of Broughton Anglican College (Academic), Hamish Hutchinson of Broughton Anglican College (Sport), Tabitha Maclean of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (Creative Arts), joint winners Catherine Stratton and Rebecca Hatch of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (Performing Arts), Lina Min of Sarah Redfern High School (Community Service/Leadership), Conrad Petrovic of Broughton Anglican College (Innovation & Technology) and Matthew Brown of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (Dynamic Achiever).
In the younger categories, winners were Tiarne Umpleby of Thomas Acres Public School (Performing Arts/Creative Arts), Brooklyn Milford of Macquarie Fields Public School (Sport), Astrid Graham of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (Community Service/Leadership), and Grace Han of Thomas Acres Public School (Academic).