STU­DENTS HOPE FOR AN­ZAC CALL

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

IT is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the Premier’s An­zac Stu­dent Tour and Man­jimup Se­nior High School stu­dents have had a 50 per cent suc­cess rate over the past five years.

Of the 10 Man­jimup stu­dents who have made it to the fi­nal­ists’ por­tion of the tour se­lec­tion process, five have been suc­cess­ful and three are still wait­ing to hear about next year’s trip to Viet­nam. Year 12s Giverny Sey­mour, Bryce Bamess, Abbey Omodei, Shae Hodges, Year 10s Ed­ward Baker, Kate Gled­hill, Olivia Darby-Jones and Mya Kordic and for­mer stu­dents Jonty Kam­mann and Max Curry have all made it to the fi­nal­ists’ round.

Shae ap­plied twice and while she did not get to the fi­nals the first time, she did the se­cond time round.

“I think be­cause I grew up with fam­ily his­tory, it was mean­ing­ful to us,” she said.

“It’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to ap­ply for some­thing this mean­ing­ful.”

Mya said her trip to Sin­ga­pore this year as part of the tour had been an “in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“I learnt so much about where the An­zacs fought in the re­gion,” she said.

Olivia said she would hear on Re­mem­brance Day if she was suc­cess­ful for the 2018 tour.

School his­tory teacher and head of hu­man­i­ties Aly­cia Bermingham, who at­tended the 2014 tour as a su­per­vi­sor, said it was amaz­ing to have 10 State fi­nal­ists over the past 10 years.

“It’s a com­bi­na­tion of teacher en­cour­age­ment and stu­dents’ drive to en­ter,” she said.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup Se­nior High School stu­dents Giverny Sey­mour, Ed­ward Baker, Bryce Bamess, Abbey Omodei and Shae Hodges, rear, and Kate Gled­hill, Olivia Darby-Jones, Mya Kordic, front, are eight of the school's 10 stu­dents who have made it to the fi­nal­ists' round of the Premier's An­zac Stu­dent Tour.

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