Gordonvale student Sarah Langtree has won a prestigious Youth Week award for her painting ‘Isolation’.
State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today presented Sarah with a laptop computer at Gordonvale State High School for her entry in the Make a Move competition.
The online Youth Week competition: Make a Move encourages young people to use art as a platform to share their views and opinions with the whole community.
Mr Pitt congratulated Sarah for her winning entry, which explores the theme of teenagers who face stereotyping because of their appearance.
“It’s great to see Sarah tackling serious issues like youth stereotyping, which can affect society views and expectations of young people, “ Mr Pitt said.
“If these stereotypes are given enough exposure, they can begin to be seen as the reality, rather than the views of a select few.
“It is important that all members of the community are cognisant of this, and remember that there are plenty of good young people out there.
“Sarah represents our future and we need to harness these talents to make Queensland a better place.
“I congratulate Sarah on winning this award and wish her every success in the future.”
Mr Pitt said the Make a Move entries expressed a genuine concern for a wide range of issues with real artistic flair.
“Young artists have stepped up to the mark with images that are thoughtful, mature and sometimes playful,” Mr Pitt said.
“Queensland’s young people have contributed insightful entries on a range of important issues.
“Mental illness, drugs and alcohol, the environment, obesity and many more topics featured among the highly commended entries.
“I congratulate all of the entrants on their efforts and urge them to continue to pursue their artistic endeavours.”