2022 AFL Cape York House Awards Night

 AFL Cape York House recently celebrated the highest number of students finishing secondary school, with 12 students graduating at the Awards Night earlier this month. 

Since starting in 2013, AFL Cape York House’s purpose is to provide opportunities for young, indigenous Australians. 

Nine female students in the Girls House, Lency Asse, Margaret Dau, Lythia Marou, Natahlia Mosby, Tanayah Mosby, Tamara Piva, Layleen Scholes, Kathy Wymarra and Bianca Yam graduated from Year 12 in 2022. While there were three, Romin Dean, Johoiakim Kawangka and Jimmy Lifu in the Boys House.

Currently, there are 90 students at AFL Cape York House from all across Queensland and the Torres Strait Island. The 2022 Awards Night also took a moment to recognise those students who had excelled in 2022. The full list of winners can be found below:

2022 Award Winners 

Contribution to Life at the House

Girls House: Jesse-Ella Mosby, Year 7 from Yorke Island

Boys House: Brian Koko, Year 7 from Lockhart River

Careers & Pathways Award

Girls House: Natahlia Mosby, Year 12 from Yorke Island

Boys House: Walter Satrick, Year 10 from Bamaga

Cultural Award

Girls House: Yehusha Lifu, Year 11 from New Mapoon & Lency Asse, Year 12 from Badu Island

Boys House: Brian Koko, Year 7 from Lockhart River 

Sports Person of the Year

Girls House: Margaret Dau, Year 12 from Horn Island

Boys House: Masie Mosby, Year 10 from Darnley Island

Academic Consistency

Girls House: Rosabella Wasaga, Year 7 from Horn Island

Boys House: Jerome Holland, Year 7 from Mabuiag Island

Academic Improvement

Girls House: Shuntay Marpoondin, year 9 from Aurukun

Boys House: Grayson Norman, Year 7 from Lockhart River

Academic Excellence

Girls House: Mariah Lalara, Year 8 from Groote Eylandt

Boys House: Johoiakim Kawangka, Year 12 from Aurukun

Lythall Family Award

Girls House: Natahlia Mosby, Year 12 from Yorke Island

Boys House: Rusia Bann, Year 11 from Thursday Island

Head of AFL Queensland Trisha Squires, who attended in person, said it was a fantastic night.

“We are so proud of the 12 students who graduated from secondary school in 2022, as it is a huge milestone to reach” she said.

“Overall, at AFL Cape York House we have a 90 per cent success rate for our students who exit AFL Cape York House to then enter a career pathway plan which includes employment, tertiary or vocational education.

“This statistic is very much related to the fantastic relationships with our partner schools in Cairns and the Cairns broader community, which have encouraged our students to be independent, while developing networking skills and furthering their education.

“We can’t wait to see what they do next

“I would also like to acknowledge Rick Hanlon and his team at AFL Cape York, for their fantastic work and commitment.”

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