ANZAC scholar wins trip of a lifetime
Year 9 student Lachlan West from St Mary’s Catholic College at Casino has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
Mr Gulaptis said the College was successful in the initial ballot to participate in the scholarship program, going up against 100 schools from across the state. Following this success, they went through the process of selecting a student from the College.
Year 9 students at the College with an interest in history were invited to submit a piece of work – an essay, artwork, musical item or other presentation. The selection panel, comprising of representatives from the school, the parent community and a local veteran shortlisted five students who were then interviewed.
“Lachlan’s essay on ‘women in war’ impressed the selection panel and he should be extremely proud of his efforts.
“He is one of 20 outstanding students from across NSW that will embark on a once in a lifetime tour of the battlefields and memorial sites of the Western Front in Europe in June and July 2018,” he said.
The students willtravel to Flanders in Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Hamel on 4 July. The 13-day tour will also take in other significant Australian battlefields including the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele and the Somme.
“All of the applicants should be commended for their strong leadership qualities and interest in Australian history,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Lachlan to represent our community and gain a better understanding of the Anzac legacy.
“The journey will be something he will draw upon for the rest of his life.
“The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship is a fantastic program, which enables high school students to further their education by visiting key historic battlefields in France and Belgium where Australians forged the Anzac spirit,” he said.
The students will be joined by an official party, including three supervising teachers and a tour historian.