Since enrolling at Bega High School in 2010, James Bower Scott’s achievements are remarkable. He arrived as a leader, having been selected school captain of his primary school St Patrick’s in Bega.
He was named Community NAIDOC Junior Citizen of the Year and has received the Koori Role Model Award from Bega High School each year since 2010.
In Year 7 James was selected in the Under 13s Representative Rugby League team and then as Captain of the Bega Group 16 Representative Rugby League under 18s team, an honour he repeated until last year when he became Vice Captain.
He also became a volunteer for the Bega Roosters, working on the grounds, in the canteen and as a Leaguesafe officer. This service continues today.
James began representing Bega High School in a range of sports in 2010, including Rugby League, Rugby Union, soccer, cricket and volleyball.
He has continued to do so throughout his high school career, always with honour and the highest standards of sportsmanship.
In 2013 James received the Illawarra and South East Public Schools Aboriginal Education Achievement Award.
He was also selected for, and took part in, the NSW Under 16 Indigenous Rugby League tour of Europe and was chosen as the Bega Minor Rugby League Football Club’s Player of the Year.
James was chosen to be one of the faces of the “Butt Out Boondah” anti-smoking television advertising campaign.
He continued to shine in 2014 and 2015, winning the Bega Roosters’ under 18 Best and Fairest, First Grade Rookie of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year as well as the Group 16 Rookie of the Year awards.
He was also selected in the Open Men’s All Stars Koori team, the Aldridge United Open Team in the Koori knockout and was vice captain of the Southern Stingrays team.
James is described by his teachers as an exemplary student whose actions and attitudes invariably reflect all that is good about Bega High School and the public schools of the Sapphire Coast Learning Community.
He has earned the respect and affection of his classmates and teachers and displays behaviour of the highest standard every day. This, coupled with a determined commitment to producing work of a high standard and a deep concern for the wellbeing of fellow students, has earned him a reputation as a leader among students. This was recognised in 2015 with an Excellence in Student Achievement award from the Sapphire Coast Learning Community.
His teachers believe that, while his sporting achievements are remarkable, they reflect only one aspect of James’ qualities. They say it will be his kindness, his quest for excellence, his quiet determination and his pride in himself, his family and his cultural heritage that will see him become the adult he is destined to be.