YAS winners going places

Wodonga Council has three YAS award winners marching to success this month.

Mia Puntoriero, 13, is a talented basketball player who has been selected in the Australian Country Cup team to tour New Zealand.

Mia will travel with her team from April 17 to 23 and play in the Mel Young Easter Basketball Classic in Tauranga, New Zealand.

It is an outstanding achievement by Mia to be selected for the team.

She is dedicated to the sport, playing twice a week in the domestic competition and training twice a week with her rep team (Wodonga Wolves).

Mia even has private training sessions with Albury Bandits player, Emilee Harmon and spends countless hours outside at home practicing to improve her game.

Another winner this month is Wodonga Middle Years College Felltimber Campus.

Karen Hooper (a support worker) and Michael Rogers (a teacher) accepted the YAS award on behalf of the college’s robotics team.

Ten students aged 14 to 16 have qualified to compete at the VEX World Robotics Championship to be held in the USA at the end of April.

Students have designed, built and programmed robots to compete in the game based challenges set by VEX.


The final recipient is 15-year-old Indianna Haysom who has been learning ballet since the age of six.

She will spend her Easter competing at the prestigious Alana Haines awards in New Zealand.

Indianna will be showcasing her ballet in masterclasses and performance in front of a panel of judges and company representatives from many international ballet schools in the hope of an international scholarship.

Indianna says her passion is ballet and she is working towards a career in the industry.