Djarragun College student, Sonai Mene, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Excellence in March for a short story she wrote about her Great Grandfather, ‘Popeye’.

Sonai, who is from Yarrabah, expressed her deep love and respect for her extraordinary 91-year-old Grandfather, who was a member of the Stolen Generations.

Sonai’s story landed her in the company of only 25 Queensland school students to receive the medal for NAIDOC week. A huge congratulations to Sonai, who was joined by her family members on stage.

Her medal was presented to her by Cairns Mayor, Hon. Bob Manning, and Executive Director for NAIDOC, Mr Dylan Williams.