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USQ Student Awards

Recognising student excellence - The USQ Student Awards are university wide awards which recognise outstanding achievement and student contribution to the community and the University. The 2021 Awards Evening was held Wednesday 20 October 2021.
Congratulations to all 2021 USQ Student Award Winners and Highly Commended recipients on your achievements and contributions.
University of Southern Queensland

2021 Award Categories

The 2021 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Award was presented to Tegan Somers.

This award goes to a student who has demonstrated involvement and commitment to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and has made a positive impact within this community.

The 2021 All Rounder Award was presented to Emma Baillie. Highly Commendeds were awarded to Drexelle Malamnao and Nina Sorley.

USQ students have a wide range of opportunities to participate in university life. These extra-curricular and co-curricular activities compliment their studies and enrich their learning experiences. The USQ All Rounder Award recognises a student who has demonstrated a high level of academic success, while actively engaging in a range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. This could include sports, leadership, arts, cultural, clubs and community service.

Emma Baillie
Award winner, Emma Baillie

The 2021 Club Member of the Year Award was presented to Kazlyn Steuer. Highly Commendeds were awarded to Jaiden Paroz and Tiarn Barton-Ilic.

Clubs play an integral part to enriching the student experience and each member of the club has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the success of the club. The Club Member of the Year recognises a current USQ Student Club member who has shown outstanding commitment to their Club and played an integral role in the Club's achievements.

Kazlyn Steuer
Award winner, Kazlyn Steuer

The 2021 Highest Achieving Club Award was presented to the USQ Volleyball Club. Highly Commendeds were awarded to the USQ Law Society and USQ Football Club.

Clubs and Societies are an important part of student life at USQ. They allow our students to meet new people, develop lifelong friendships, learn new skills and take part in a range of activities that matter to them. The Highest Achieving USQ Club Award goes to a USQ affiliated club which has made a substantial positive impact within the University and its community. The Club will also demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and developing new initiatives.

The 2021 Young Club of the Year Award was presented to USQ Mustangs Football Club. Highly Commendeds were awarded to the USQ Tea Society and USQ Badminton Club.

Our USQ student club communities are diverse, vibrant and ever-expanding. Each year, new USQ student clubs find themselves overcoming the exciting challenges of finding members, developing their constitutions and club by laws, as well as creating a schedule of events to keep their club running. USQ Young Club of the Year Award recognises an up-and-coming USQ student club or society – formed within the last two years – for outstanding contributions to student life at USQ, and having a positive impact for the Club’s members.

The 2021 Community Service Award was presented to Sonia Chapman. Highly Commended was awarded to Felix Drury.

Community service allows our students to put their leadership skills into action and make a positive difference to the communities in which they live. The USQ Community Service Award recognises a student who has demonstrated active and enthusiastic participation in community service or volunteering initiatives.

The 2021 International Community Engagement Award was presented to Choman Salih. Highly Commended was awarded to Hussein Duradkeh.

USQ proudly supports, values, and respects the wide variety of cultural identities, languages, and beliefs within the university. The USQ International Community Engagement Award recognises a student for their outstanding contributions to supporting our international communities. This student will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity at the University of Southern Queensland.

Choman Salih
Award winner, Choman Salih

The 2021 Academic and Governance Student Representative of the Year Award was presented to Alex Baker. Highly Commendeds were awarded to Fatima Damarda and Neville Madden.

Academic and Governance Student Representatives (ASR) play a vital role in the decision-making processes at USQ.  They represent the student voice by building and fostering collaborative and positive relationships with staff, students and stakeholders. These student representatives volunteer their time to actively contribute to their learning journey and improve the student experience for all of their peers. The Academic Student Representative of the Year Award recognises a student who has fully immersed themselves in their role and gone above and beyond their role to actively advocate for the student voice, while participating in decision making at USQ.

Alex Baker
Award winner, Alex Baker

The 2021 Student Representative Committee Member of the Year Award was presented to Emma Baillie. Highly Commendeds were awarded to Rachel Conway and Athena Mejos.

The Student Representative Committee (SRC) is a student group focused on coordinating a program of social events for USQ students each year and representing the student voice on the USQ Student Forum. The Student Representative Committee Member of the Year award recognises a student who goes above and beyond to represent the student voice by assisting in the enriching activities and initiatives provided by the SRC.

Emma Baillie
Award winner, Emma Baillie

The 2021 Service to Sport Award was presented to Drexelle Malamnao.

The USQ Service to Sport Award is granted to the student who achieves great things in sport off the field, excelling in the areas of coaching, refereeing, sporting club/event administration and delivery, or volunteering generally in their chosen sport.

Drexelle Malamnao
Award winner, Drexelle Malamnao

The 2021 Sporting Excellence Awards were presented to Taryn Barbara, Georgia Rohde, Mia Rennick, Angus Young and Shenae Ciesiolka.

The USQ Sporting Excellence Award recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their chosen sport. The award shall be awarded to nominees who have achieved a standard in their sport that is above average for student-athletes. This award can be received by multiple recipients each year.

Mia Rennick, Georgia Rohde, Taryn Barbara and Angus Young
Award winners, left to right: Mia Rennick, Georgia Rohde, Taryn Barbara and Angus Young

The 2021 Sportsperson of the Year Award was presented to Mia Rennick.

The USQ Sportsperson of the Year Award is granted to the student whose sporting achievements and sense of fair play have been deemed to be of the highest level.

Mia Rennick
Award winner, Mia Rennick

The USQ Phoenix Award provides students the opportunity to receive formal recognition for extra and co-curricular activities which have demonstrated their Graduate Skills. The Award also acknowledges the development of the skills, attributes, and personal qualities necessary for successful university study, success in the workplace, and good citizenship. By actively participating in the Award, students can; build their skillsets; expand their knowledge; meet new people; enhance career outcomes; and engage with the full USQ experience.

2021 USQ Phoenix Award recipients

  • Alicia Channell
  • Cameron Blackburn
  • Carmela Camilleri
  • Chalermwut Uthaikun
  • Florances Blight
  • Georgina Rudken
  • Gigi Kami
  • Jared Mathews
  • Jessica Carlsen
  • Justin Walsh
  • Krisy Podolak
  • Kylie Richards
  • Sarah Whybrow
  • Umit Sengoz
  • Carol Castillo
  • Jade Ellen
  • Kiran Mahale
  • Shanon Cooper
  • Kym Armytage
For more information about the USQ Phoenix Award, visit the Award webpage.
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