Mercy Youth Awards 2021

 

 

 

Congratulations to the prize winners of the Mercy Youth Awards Competition!

1st Place: Daisy H., Brigidine College Randwick

Some things I do when I feel sad or overwhelmed are, talk to my mum, write down how I’m feeling, sit in my dad’s study reading cartoons, and crocheting, so I can do something mindless while I think.

The student wins $700 cash and the school receives $700 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

2nd Place: Adriana M., Cerdon College

There are many things that we could do to build and maintain good mental health. For me, taking breaks during a busy school schedule is important especially as I begin to approach my final year of high school. Spending time with those who make me happy such as family and friends is a good way to take a break. I enjoy doing this outdoors with someone who makes me happy and is willing to be there for me when times are tough. By having a good support system and taking breaks, I can improve my mental health.

The student wins $350 cash and the school receives $350 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

3rd Place: Lily M., Mater Maria College

My photo incorporates the idea of a TV displaying different ways you can care for your mental health. I used newspapers for the background inside the television to make it feel more alive. The objective of the TV is to make it appear as if the words are being displayed on a real TV. Everything was made from recycled materials I had at home. Behind the television, you can see I used a chrysanthemum wallpaper because the flower represents fidelity, optimism, joy and long life, all of which I believe are characteristics of good mental health.

The student wins $200 cash and the school receives $200 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

The winning entries will be published on our website shortly.

Highly Commended: $50 Vouchers

  • Alivia K, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
  • Amelie K, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
  • Daisy B, Mater Maria Catholic College
  • Emily W, Scone Grammar School
  • Emma B, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
  • Eva V, Mercy Catholic College
  • Kaylee C, Urrbrae Agricultural High School
  • Gabriella P, Mercy Catholic College
  • Lucy T, St Raphael’s Catholic School
  • Molly H, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

The school that submitted the most entries was Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College. A total of 240 entries were received from 25 schools across Australia.

Judges

Ms Nicola Palfrey, National Clinical Manager, headspace Schools Division
Sr Bernadette Mansour RSM, Board Member, Mercy Foundation
Ms Sue Mowbray CEO, Mercy Foundation
Ms Leesa Feilen, Projects Coordinator, Mercy Foundation

Thank you to all students who entered the Mercy Youth Awards Competition. The standard of the entries was excellent, and we are impressed with the efforts made.

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The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a competition open to high school students across Australia from years 7 to 12. The competition aims to encourage you to learn more about social justice issues in Australia. The competition opens Monday 26 April and closes 23 July 2021. To enter:

1) Create a visual representation, like a cartoon, artwork, collage or photo, that shows the everyday things that you can do to live life to the full and help build and maintain good mental health. Take a photo of your creation and upload it with your entry form (NB no faces in your photo).

2) Each entry must include a written paragraph (no longer than 100 words) that explains your photo (ie the everyday things you do to care for your mental health).

3) AND fill out the Mental Health quiz.

Entry form and quiz available online here

Where to find resources on Mental Health

Details for Students

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First Prize:
$700 will be awarded to the winning Entrant and $700 will be awarded to the winning school*

Second Prize:
$350 will be awarded to the winning Entrant and $350 will be awarded to the winning school*

Third Prize:
$200 will be awarded to the winning Entrant and $200 will be awarded to the winning school*

$50 vouchers will be awarded to the next top 10 entries and the school that submits the most entries wins $250.*

*Please note that the  judges may award more than one winner in each category. In this case, the winners will share the prize money.

Winners will be notified by the end of August.

Any questions? Email youthawards@mercyfoundation.com.au