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Students honoured on Australia Day

Oakey's Australia  Day celebrations were enjoyed by a large appreciative crowd in fine weather. It was an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of local people, a chance for some good-spirited rivalry, experience various challenges, and just enjoy our great outdoors and the freedom we have in this country.
Adelayde McKellar, one of our Year 11 students, received the Toowoomba Regional Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Citizen of the Year.
This acknowledgement is a great honour for one so young and Adelayde chose to be presented with this award in Oakey rather than Toowoomba.
Adelayde is involved in a number of local organisations, studies dance, and is working through her school-based apprenticeship in Hairdressing.
A past Graduate of Oakey High, Demi Federoff, was named Oakey District's Young Citizen of the Year for her work within the Oakey community, both in her schooldays at Oakey High and in the wider community since her graduation. congratulate both of these young women on their achievements and contributions to date.
Many more Oakey High students got into the spirit of the day participating in a variety of races and challenges. The Watherston family dominated this year's senior and junior Iron Man event. Lara won the open event  convincingly with Thomas O'Neil finishing  second. In the Junior event Darcy Watherston started steady but powered home to win.
Billy Cart trials, billy boiling,  lamington eating, sack races, thong throwing and more was the order of the day. This year's Oakey Creek Raft  Race was hotly contested with the Junior section being won by a crew of three including two Oakey High students and one primary school student.
The Open Raft race attracted a strong lineup of crafts and crews. Each  year the rafts are becoming more colourful, more bouyant, and oarsmen are becoming more synchronized in their paddling.
The winning raft this year was SU RESCUE and the prizemoney benefitted the Oakey Combined Chaplaincy Committee. The brightly coloured raft was powered by two incumbent Oakey High School leaders who demonstrated their ability to work well together and get the job done. Jordan Totenhofer and Fernando Fermino had a contest on their hands this year as they paddled  together to win the event with only millimetres to spare. Chappy Sharon was on hand to congratulate and thank the boys at the race's end.