Student Leadership Award winners

2016 winners

Nicholas Johnson

2016 Student Leader of the Year

Nicholas is currently studying a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Mathematics. He is an elite athlete, dynamic student leader and active contributor to the local community.

Nicholas is the founder and CEO of Pro Bono Econos (PBE), a not-for-profit creating volunteer opportunities for economists to offer consulting, financial literacy education programs and third sector research to charities. PBE boasts a highly engaged volunteer network, with over 600 economic volunteers across Queensland, Victoria, Vietnam and Taiwan, as well as affiliated student movements at QUT, University of Queensland, Griffith University, The University of Melbourne, and National Taiwan University. In 2015 PBE was named QUT Guild's 'New Club of the Year.'

He is heavily involved in the QUT community, and is the current Vice-President of the QUT Chess Club, former President of QUT Christians and Co-Founder of the QUT Debating Society. Nicholas is a QUT Connector, supporting orientation and student engagement programs on campus and is a research assistant in the National Centre for Econometric Research. He also tutors several business subjects and the Keystones for Success Program in the Oodgeroo Unit.

Nicholas is also involved in the wider community. He was the first QUT student to be inducted as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. In 2013 he represented Brisbane at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaoshung and was a member of the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit Young Professionals' Forum steering committee. He spoke at the 2015 Tamkar World Forum for Youth Leaders, and was a Brisbane Marketing VIP delegate to the 2014 G20 Global Café in Brisbane

Nicholas is also an elite athlete, and represented QUT in freestyle and butterfly at the Australian Uni Games. In 2015, he was elected to represent the elite athlete cohort on the QUT Sport Advisory Committee. He also sits on the chief advisory boards for the AFL Players Association 'Game Changer' Project for the wellbeing and resilience of young men, and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Adam Hibble

Excellence Award winner

Adam is studying a Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Mathematics and is involved in the coding community at QUT and in the wider community.

In 2015 Adam founded The Code Network at QUT and is currently its president. The Code Network helps produce the next generation of developers. He has also worked with a large energy company to produce a model of a device that extracts data based on aggregate smart meter information. Additionally. in 2014 he developed 'Bitclass', a high frequency trading bot for Bitcoin exchanges which made use of natural language processing and latency modelling.

Adam's awards and honours include an FBI commendation for contributing his security skills in a digital man hunt. He has also been successful in a variety of 'hackathons' and in 2015, he was selected to participate in Startup Catalyst, an annual mission to Silicon Valley for 20 young people who have the potential to be Australia's next tech entrepreneurs. In 2016, Adam was awarded a Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program grant.

He has been featured in numerous media outlets including, Tech Street Journal, Startup Smart, Business News Australia, Digital Brisbane and BRW.

Joeanne Allen

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Jo is studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries and is expected to graduate in 2017.

She has shown significant leadership across the Oodgeroo Unit as an ambassador and worked as a volunteer to create and upgrade the Oodgeroo Elders Picture Board. Jo is also a member of the Indigenous Science Infrastructure Development Winter School, a mentor to first year students within the Bachelor of Creative Industries, and an artist. She has donated 2 pieces of her own artwork to the new Creative Industries building at Kelvin Grove.

Jo contributed to a variety of local community activities as well. She has volunteered at the Gympie GoldRush Festival, local day care centres and at a neighbourhood house where she supported and assisted elderly and disabled people with general tasks and gardening. Jo also volunteered at the Maryborough National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Day Observance Committee for Roadcraft, a non-profit organisation educating drivers on safe driving skills.

In addition to these volunteer experiences, Jo has significant personal commitments. She recently nursed her foster mother through breast cancer and supported her foster father in the carpentry field after he sustained a significant injury. She voluntarily worked between her classes and in her spare time to maintain his business and the family income.

Matthew Connop

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Matthew is expected to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Justice and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

He has been an active student leader at QUT, and is involved in many clubs and societies. During his second year of study Matthew was elected as the QUT Law Society Indigenous Representative. In 2014, Matthew organized and facilitated the Reconciliation Law Breakfast and in 2015 he represented the Oodgeroo Unit at the Queensland Servant Leadership Forum. He is also an Oodgeroo Unit Student Ambassador, attended the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (BYDC) National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee.

Matthew is also heavily involved in the community. While in Darwin, Matthew was the Junior Rugby Development Officer for the Northern Territory Rugby Union. During his tenure, he grew the program from 30 regular players to 100.

Jade Hourigan-Scammell

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Jade is expected to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Biology). She has previously received a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) from QUT in 2013.

Jade is an Explore Uni ambassador within the Oodgeroo Unit. Through this she has taken on senior ambassador roles to help manage events including Go Further! QUT Experience Camp, the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School, Pre-Orientation Program week and numerous university fairs and expos. She also mentors new QUT students, especially young women, to adjust to their new routines at QUT.

Jade's is also an active community volunteer and has volunteered with Camp Quality and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience program. She regularly mentors and assists younger students while supervising activities in these programs. Additionally, she facilitated a cultural session for family day care workers at the Brisbane Home Day Care Centre. After helping in a homework program based at Wavell High School she was able to meet students, and help them consider university as a viable, post-schooling option.

Jenna-Maree Jacob

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Jenna is expected to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Honours).

Her commitments within QUT include championing the QUT Learning Potential Fund as a volunteer ambassador and as a donor support assistant. She is an Oodgeroo Unit Student Ambassador, and has volunteered at QUT's Murri-Ailan Way and QUT's NAIDOC Week event. She will be representing QUT at the 2016 National Indigenous Tertiary Student Education Games and has been instrumental in fundraising for this trip. Jenna is also a volunteer student journalist for the Oodgeroo Unit e-Newsletter 'Balas and Tiddas' and is an Explore Uni ambassador for Equity Services.

Since 2014 she has mentored high school students through the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. From 2012 to 2015, she was an active member and mentor of The Smith Family's Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, which supports indigenous secondary school students living remotely to complete Year 12 and/or a university degree. In 2015, she presented on air on the 4ZZZ radio station as part of the Indigi-briz program, and was one of 9 successful applicants to the national ABC Indigenous Internship program, where she worked behind the scenes with the Breakfast Team at 612AM radio to produce and edit content for the program.

Joshua Maguire

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Josh is expected to complete a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Law in 2016.

He is heavily involved in the QUT community. Since 2012 he has been a Learning Potential Fund Ambassador and has helped raise awareness of the fund. In 2016 Josh was selected as the 2016 Student Representative on the Alumni Board, and is part of the newly established Learning Potential Fund Friends and Alumni Chapter. He participates in QUT's Law and Justice Student's Association Law School competitions and workshops, is a peer mentor and contracts a buddy with the LWB136 program. He has been participating in the QUT Career Mentor Scheme since 2014 and he was a faculty of Law peer mentor from 2013 to 2015. Josh was elected president of the Business and Management Student Association in 2013 and participated as a Widening Participation Ambassador and QUT Connector. In 2013, Josh was a committee member of the QUT Business Ball, which received the 2013 Event of the Year Award.

Josh is dedicated to giving back to the community. He is a regular speaker for LPF events volunteers as an assistant to legal practitioners at Pine Rivers Community Legal Centre and Sandgate Family Law. In addition to his many volunteer activities, Josh has worked part-time throughout his studies, most recently as a legal research clerk at the Australian Mines & Metals Association.

Vossco Nguyen

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Vossco is expected to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor degree in radiation therapy.

Vossco is heavily involved in activities within QUT and the wider community, and has a GPA of 6.486. He is the President of Medical Radiations Student Social Club, a member of QUT Music Society's Indie Chamber Orchestra and part of the QUT Guild's Committee. He is an active member of the QUT Connect Program, which assists students to adapt to living in Brisbane and QUT and is part of the QUT College of Excellence.

Within the wider community, Vossco has also been involved in a variety of organisations. He is a student representative on the management committee of the Australian Institute of Radiography and has been an MC for the Vietnamese Community Queensland Chapter's Lunar New Year and Mid-Autumn Festivals from 2011 to 2015.As part of the Multi-caps disability care program, Vossco volunteers to play his viola for clients to help connect to them through music. Vossco adjudicated debates at Corinda State High School since 2014, and has hosted workshops to help students improve their debating skills. Vossco also presented his research on stereotactic body radiotherapy for prostate cancer at the Australian Institute of Radiography ASMMIRT Student Conference.

Jack Nolan

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Jack is expected to graduate in 2017 with dual degrees in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Finance).

He has been a very active member of the QUT Community and has maintained a GPA of 6.0. He is a part of the Business School's International Case Competition Team and has represented QUT at 8 international competitions over 3 years. In 2014, he founded the QUT Consulting Society to raise awareness and interest in consulting and student competitions. As president of this society, Jack ran the first ever internal case competition. In 2013 and 2014, he was on the management committee for the Australian Law Student Association's annual conference. He was the financial and legal officer of the QUT Economics & Finance society, and is a Business Editor for the UN funded global news start-up The Typewriter.

Jack is passionate about being involved in the local community, and currently sits on the board of the LGBTI Legal Service as treasurer and works on the law reform team. He was part of a team that created an information pack for transgender children and their parents in schools.

Since 2015 Jack has worked as a business manager at Tanda, a Brisbane based tech start up founded by QUT Graduates. He is currently an intern in the Venture Capital and Private Equity Team at Blue Sky. In 2015 he worked in the office of Minister Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. He was also a coach to the St Patrick's College team in the inaugural high school mooting competition held by the QUT Law Faculty in 2014.

Tiana Reimann

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Tiana is expected to graduate in early 2017 with a Bachelor of Business.

She is an active member of the QUT community, particularly within the QUT Guild. She was elected treasurer of the QUT Guild in her first year of studies. In this role she oversaw the budgets of 130 student clubs as well as the QUT Guild commercial services. She also took on the role of redeveloping the QUT Guild website to ensure the largest commercial service, QUT Guild Academic Gowns, was able to be used by all graduating students and staff. In 2016 Tiana has held the position of the QUT Guild Sports vice-president.

In 2014 she helped create Australia's first university dodgeball club, the Ballstars club. Tiana has participated in 4 university games in netball, dodgeball and beach volleyball. She also involves herself with international college by performing short talks at the beginning of each semester. She is co-founder and current Philanthropy Director of the QUT Women in Business Club and is an avid photographer who has donated her time and talent photographing many events across QUT.

Tiana cares deeply about community involvement, and uses her talents as a photographer to give back. She currently donates 20% of her photography sales back to villages in her home country of Papua New Guinea. In 2015 she held an art exhibition and used the revenue raised to purchase sewing machines for the villagers of Baia in order for them to earn a living. In December, Tiana donated 12 large prints to the children's ward of the Kimbe Hospital in West New Britain, PNG. Tiana also founded The Bucket of Love, an NGO in PNG which has so far collected over $6,000 worth of 130 buckets, bags of clothing, sports balls and uniforms which will be sent to villagers in Papua New Guinea. She partnered with The Rotary Club to ship these items to PNG.

Past award winners

2015 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Tri Mulyani Sunarharum
Special Excellence Award winners
Amy Gunnell
Sam Turner
Excellence Award winners
Anja Ali-Haapala
Melissa Blacklock
Allison Boland
Corey Curran
Olivia Hutchinson
Sean Melis
Eddie Robinson
Kevin Yow Yeh

2014 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Jyi Lawton
Special Excellence Award winner
Thomas Davies
Excellence Award winners
Vincent Balmes
Melissa Blacklock
Tianna Camilleri
Bikram Chadha
Courtney Coombs
David Lewis
Ben McGarry
Stacey Percival
Zachary Van Haaften-Thompson

2013 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Brody Foy
Student Leadership Excellence Award and Special Excellence Award
Kerryn Chung
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Kassandra Buckle
Joel Fernandes
Laura McCosker
Daniel Nutley
Laura Pegg
Manisha Senadeera
Elisabeth Snow
Luke Swetman

2012 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Erin Gregor
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Wadzanai Chiwira
Rebecca Daynes
Jodie Farthing
Louise McDonald
Kirralee Parsons
Natalie Reason
Edward Robinson
Jonathan Row
Peter Von Einem

2011 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Jeremy Baldwin
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Melanie Arnost
Michael Attard
Ashley Duggan
Ivan Ingram
Liqin (Jessica) Kong
Laura Parker
Ngam Kim Truong
Yeting (Vivian) Xiao
Brigitte Yap

2010 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Arlou Arteta
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Darren Cann
Ashleigh Coome
Anja Homburg
Lisa Kingsberry
Karen Lewis
Naleesha Niranjan
Stephanie Parkin
Benjamin Schostakowski
Daniel Townson

2009 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Katrina Bukauskas
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Tara Haskins
Deanna Hood
Tanya Kretschmann
Madeline McIntyre
Penelope Mee Lee
Chloe Parker
Renee Robbie
Robyn Shenfield
Petrina Underwood

2008 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Sarah Moran
Student Leadership Excellence Award
David Adams
Yasotha Balakrishnan
Daniel Brennan
Kelly McNamara
Ellen Nicholas
Timothy O'Shea
Tiara Shaqif
Helen Stylianou
James Ward

2007 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Michelle Mills
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Michael D'Onofrio
Sandi Dawson
Shane Degen
Samantha Laidlaw Thompson
Yen Ngo
Rebecca Shaw
James Tilbury
Ashlea White
Helena Wu

2006 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Alison Macintyre
Student Leadership Excellence Awards
Hayley Angell
Nemenja Antic
Deanna Borland-Sentinella
Joshua Caerio
Lauren Carr
Sandra Kafrouni
Damian Leonard
Nikketah McGrath
John Zunker

2005 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Rachael Truscott
Student Leadership Excellence Awards
Anna Crossin
Emmelene Gray
Chandni Gupta
Ruth Hosking
Kristiana Kilvert
Leanne Linard
Meggie Palmer
Bridie Scott-Parker


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