Zac wins bursary
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.
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