Hard work pays off
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.