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Victorian students to meet rugby league heroes

Three Victorian students participating in the NRL School to Work Program are representing Melbourne Storm on the Gold Coast this week ahead of Saturday night’s All Stars clash.

Mackenzie Winnell and Shauna McHale O’Keeffe of Point Cook Secondary College and Frank Scarcella of Staughton College are attending the week-long Indigenous Youth Summit as recognition for their leadership, involvement in school and community activities and commitment to their education.

65 students attending the annual camp will participate in leadership workshops and cultural activities and will have the opportunity to meet some of their rugby league heroes.

Shauna McHale O’Keeffe said she was excited to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from around the country and Maori students from New Zealand.

Shauna meets Josh Addo-Carr during the Indigenous Youth Summit.
Shauna meets Josh Addo-Carr during the Indigenous Youth Summit.

“I can’t wait to meet other Indigenous students and learn about their culture,” she said.

“I am also really excited to meet Josh Addo-Carr and other rugby league stars.”

Frank Scarcella said he was thrilled to attend the summit.

“I can’t believe I was selected for this year’s camp,” he said.

“I have never even been on a plane before, so this will be a whole new experience for me.”

The NRL School to Work program is funded and supported by the Australian Government and uses the positive profile of rugby league to support and encourage Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete their schooling and successfully transition into further education or employment.