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    SETTING A PACE: Ararat College student Jack Ward is among finalists for Victorian young achiever awards.

Young Ararat journalist Jack Ward breaking ground

Ararat College school captain Jack Ward is one of four finalists in an online category of 7News Young Achiever Awards Victoria. 

Staff members at Central Grampians LLEN, who have worked closely with the student journalist on projects including Resilient Ararat, nominated him for the award.

The online achievement award, to be announced at a gala presentation dinner on June 12, recognises a Victorian young achiever who ‘demonstrates success in the online space and conveys the character traits important to the industry’.

Jack’s achievements include founding and producing Ararat College’s student-run news service, AC News, when he was 13.

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He has completed internships at 9News, the ABC and Tennis Australia, and last year gained experience in the world of audio storytelling when he became a regular radio guest on ABC Ballarat.

As well as growing AC News, he has written for organisations including RUOK, Project Rockit and Youth Journalism International. 

He was also a member of Victoria’s first Youth Congress in 2018.

Central Grampians LLEN executive officer Jess Paterson said Jack had demonstrated he was a true leader, both in the online space and in the community.

“At such a young age, Jack has already shown incredible creativity and innovation, as well as a keen interest in information technology,” she said.

“He is a very responsible and reliable young man and it has been an honour to have him work with us on community projects.” 

Ms Paterson said Jack would be competing against finalists more than 10 years his senior. 

“We were thrilled to see Jack recognised as a finalist alongside three other impressive nominees who are all in their mid to late twenties,” she said.

“He should be extremely proud of everything he has achieved, and we wish him all the best with the final round of judging.”

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