A YOUNG robotics enthusiast has been named the 2023 young citizen of the year by Kingston Council.
Josie Thornton, a 16-year-old student from Parkdale Secondary College, was handed the award last week. She is a member of an all-female robotics team who recently competed in Houston in the United States.
Kingston mayor Hadi Saab said Thornton was elected from a group of seven outstanding finalists – people aged between 12 and 25 were eligible.
“We encourage our youth to take an active role in our community and we’re proud to host this event to shine a light on their positive contributions,” Saab said. “It’s always inspiring to hear the stories of our outstanding nominees and how they are working hard to create better lives for themselves and others. This group are passionate about a cleaner, greener planet and are strong, resilient, outspoken advocates for improvements in their schools and communities.
“They have achieved great things across a wide range of fields and are each making our city an even greater place to be. Congratulations to you all.”
Other finalists were graphic designer Naketra Mendes, community worker Tharial Ter, ADF future innovators award winner Caitlin Hughes, Universal Magazine volunteer Harley Wood, and students Skye Sutton and Olivia Ayyuce.