Hard work pays off

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Two Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege stu­dents have been se­lected to take part in the Premier’s Spirit of An­zac Prize Study Tour for 2018.

Wil­low Plex and Melanie Stret­ton have spent months work­ing on their en­tries and found out they had been se­lected for the tour in Jan­uary.

‘‘We’ve been se­lected to go down to Melbourne on Mon­day (Fe­bru­ary 5) to do a me­dia event with the Premier of Vic­to­ria,’’ Wil­low said.

‘‘We’re in the re­gional fi­nals, so we get the op­por­tu­nity to go to Can­berra in the term two hol­i­days.

‘‘We’ll get to go to the war me­mo­rial and to par­lia­ment, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. It will be amaz­ing.’’

Stu­dents who en­tered had to se­lect a war and re­search one area of it, specif­i­cally its so­ci­etal ef­fect or the mul­ti­cul­tural as­pects of the cam­paign.

‘‘We did a lot of re­search with our teach­ers. I picked World War I and re­ally en­joyed re­search­ing for the project,’’ Melanie said.

‘‘It felt awe­some to find out I’d been se­lected. Our teach­ers were amaz­ing, es­pe­cially our art teach­ers, so I’d like to thank them.’’

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan met with Wil­low and Melanie last week and con­grat­u­lated them on their suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘I am de­lighted to an­nounce that two Be­nalla stu­dents will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Premier’s Spirit of An­zac Prize 2018,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The prize pro­vides 22 stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an over­seas study tour to sites where Australians have served in times of war and peace­keep­ing.

‘‘Fi­nal­ists also have the op­por­tu­nity to visit Can­berra and are in­vited to at­tend an An­zac Day lun­cheon with the Premier.

‘‘I con­grat­u­late Melanie and Wil­low on this com­mend­able achieve­ment and wish them all the best as they un­der­take the tour.’’

Ms Ryan said the tour would fol­low in the foot­steps of Aus­tralia’s World War II veter­ans vis­it­ing places of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.

‘‘This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for Melanie and Wil­low to learn about the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of our veter­ans,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Our com­mu­nity is ex­tremely proud that they have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Be­nalla on this study tour and I know both Melanie and Wil­low will re­turn home with many sto­ries and mem­o­ries they will cher­ish.’’

Cho­sen ones: State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan (left) and Be­nalla P-12 act­ing prin­ci­pal Paul Chal­lis (right) with Wil­low Plex and Melanie Stret­ton, who will be tak­ing part in the Spirit of An­zac Prize Study Tour.

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