The Proud and Deadly Awards' second annual awards ceremony was held last week, with 41 indigenous students from Benalla recognised for their achievements this year.
"The Proud and Deadly awards is an opportunity to acknowledge the commitment that our indigenous kids have to their educations," Department of Education and Training's Koorie engagement support officer Jessica Mobourne said.
“It was started up with inspiration from the Wangaratta awards, which is in its seventh year.
"We encourage all students to be nominated."
And this year has seen even more students recognised for their efforts, with 41 students from St Joseph's Primary School, Benalla P-12 College and Benalla Flexible Learning Centre receiving awards, up from the 27 students from last year's event.
Ms Mobourne also said attendance had increased, with a bigger turnout from family members and other Aboriginal community members.
The proceedings included a welcome to country from Aunty Faye Lynam as well as a traditional smoking ceremony, with awards given out to students in categories of creative arts, literature, mentorship, resilience, sports, STEM, strength and well as scholarships provided to select students from Charles Sturt University.