Historical insights earn students prizes
Student winners of the Rio Tinto Pilbara Groundbreakers exhibition have been announced and have swept up some lucrative prizes for their creative accounts of Pilbara history.
The competition, which is part of the company’s 50th anniversary of starting operations in the Pilbara, asked local students for their perspectives on the region’s rich history in one schoolwide and four individual categories.
Dampier Primary School was the overall school winner of the competition, taking a $10,000 innovation pack as a prize.
In the Year 10-12 history essay category exploring the Pilbara “then and now”, St Luke’s College student Varun Jahagirdar won, while peer Satvika Soppadandi and Karratha Senior High School’s Neve McMullen were runners-up.
Tom Price Senior High School student Gracey Zweers was the sole winner of the Year 7-9 creative writing challenge looking at a pivotal point in the region’s history, and picked up an iPad Air for her submission.
The popular favourite Groundbreaker creative submission category for Years 4-6 boasted six winners, all of whom received an iPad mini as their prize.
In the pre-primary to Year 3 drawing category, Pannawonica’s Isabella Summer was the winner, while Baynton West Primary School’s Alicia Gu and Millars Well’s Max Lonnie were runners-up.
A total of 2500 students from 15 Pilbara schools took part in the Groundbreaker Schools program.