Some of the region's best and brightest minds were recognised at the Peel ESTEAM Awards on June 21.
More than 120 curious minds of all ages gathered at John Tonkin College for the second annual awards ceremony to celebrate achievements in entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (ESTEAM).
Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams and keynote speaker professor Lyn Beazley delivered inspiring speeches while Nate Lansdell provided the night's music and entertainment.
They were joined by special guests from Peel Bright Minds partners including The Makers, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Peel Development Commission, Regional Development Australia Peel and representatives from each of the local government areas.
There were five awards categories including achievements in ESTEAM education, science communication and citizen science, as well as an overall 'Young ESTEAM champion' and 'ESTEAM Champion'.
Finalists included young entrepreneurs, educators, mentors, volunteers, artists, citizen scientists and science communicators who inspire curiosity and lifelong learning in areas critical to ensure we thrive in the future world and workforce.
The ESTEAM Educator of the Year was awarded to Heather Brocklehurst with a highly commended presented to Barbara Sing.
Finalists Cindy Wright, Kelly Reed and the Mandurah Libraries and Museum Team were also acknowledged.
Suzanne Jones won the 2019 ESTEAM Science Communicator of the Year with Sarah Curran Ragan picking up a highly commended mention.
Finalists EarthWhile Australia were also recognised for their contribution.
Citizen Scientist of the Year was awarded to Kate Born.
A highly commended was presented to Alanna Gardner Bell while finalist Merri Harris was also recognised.
Lilijana Nicholls was awarded Young ESTEAM Champion of the Year with Samreid Manez presented a highly commended.
Finalists Amelia Anderson, Seth Frost and Wilder Rowe were also recognised for their contributions.
EarthWhile Australia won the overall ESTEAM Champion of the Year closely followed by finalists Heather Brocklehurst, Michelle Wong and Trick Cole who were also recognised on the night.
Wilder Rowe was awarded the People's Choice Award for Social Media Winner.
EarthWhile Australia picked up their second award for the night when they were presented with the People's Choice Award for Awards Ceremony Winner.
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