Arts aficionado wins VET prize

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A local graduate with an unwavering passion for the arts celebrated the achievement of a lifetime recently when he flew down to Government House in Perth to accept a prestigious award.

Former Broome Senior High School student Sebastian Liddle, who completed his studies last year, became the first person in the school’s long history to win the VET Exhibition Creative Industries prize.

The annual award recognises the top vocational education and training Year 12 student in the State across all areas of the arts.

Education Minister Sue Ellery presented the 18-year-old with his award last month when he graced the stage of the Government House ballroom.

Mr Liddle described the experience as “surreal”.

“I felt so proud of myself and grateful for my education and the support I had received last year from family and friends,” he said. “It is an honour to be the first Broome Senior student to receive this award.”

Mr Liddle took a strong liking to music classes throughout high school and excelled in his final year, undertaking a teaching assistant work placement in Year 12 to support Year 7 students as part of his Certificate III in Music.

While studying, Mr Liddle took on audio-visual work with organisations such as Theatre Kimberley, Goolarri Media, the Shire of Broome and Troppo Sound.

His advice to students with similar passions is to make the most of every chance that comes their way.

“Always say ‘yes’ to any opportunity that arises, even if it is not the glamorous side of the industry,” he said.

“If you are interested enough, you will find ways to learn from other people, and in the VET stream of education, learning from those in the industry is one of the key factors to being successful.”

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