Zac wins bur­sary

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Out­go­ing Fin­ley High School vice cap­tain Zac Bar­low has won the Sir John Monash Ed­u­ca­tion Bur­sary.

At the 11th an­nual Sir John Monash Din­ner last week, Zac was pre­sented with the $2000 bur­sary by NSW Min­is­ter for Vet­eran Af­fairs and Counter Ter­ror­ism David El­liott.

Mr El­liott was also the evening’s key­note speaker.

Zac won the bur­sary with a 1000 word es­say on the topic ‘How does Sir John Monash dis­play lead­er­ship in so­ci­ety through ed­u­ca­tion and self preser­va­tion?’

The 18 year-old said his fo­cus was Monash’s ini­tia­tive dur­ing the first World War.

‘‘I went through his ca­reer start­ing with his lead­er­ship dur­ing the start of the war,’’ Zac said.

‘‘Monash was very com­mit­ted to­wards his men and was able to dis­play that through lead­ing them be­cause of the hard­ships.

‘‘He was re­ally one of the first gen­er­als to show tac­tics, be­fore that many of the men didn’t stand a chance.

‘‘Af­ter the war he set up the reparation of­fice for the re­turned sol­diers.’’

Al­though study­ing for Year 12 ex­ams, Zac ad­mit­ted it didn’t take long to write the es­say. He said some prior knowl­edge of Monash was a big help.

‘‘Luck­ily I spent a fair bit of time over the years study­ing Monash so I didn’t have to do a lot of new re­search, which helped be­cause of the study­ing I’ve been do­ing.’’

Zac said he is plan­ning to take a gap year, be­fore delv­ing into a dou­ble de­gree in art and eco­nom­ics. He said he plans to ma­jor in ei­ther pol­i­tics, his­tory, in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions or eco­nom­ics.

The din­ner and lec­ture at­tracted more than 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing NSW Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin and NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans. 6 d Hah­n­dorf Easter Week­end: 7 d Cor­nish Fes­ti­val: Apr 17 ........................... $1,695 May 15 .......................................... $1,675 12 d Out­back – Land of In­fin­ity: Jun 17 ......................... $4,450

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