Ashley Churchin of Mulwala has been formally recognized for being in the top 10 for navy officer applicants in Australia, in 2018.
Ashley, who is Sacred Heart College Yarrawonga captain, was presented with Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Awards at the college’s morning school assembly on Monday, September 17.
The 18-year-old Year 12 student was presented with an Ipad tablet device and certificate, together with a plaque of recognition for her school by Australian Defence Force (ADF) Flight Sergeant Brad Edwardes.
ADFA presents education awards annually to Year 12 students for leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements during Year 11.
In presenting the awards, Flight Sergeant Edwardes from Albury referred to Ashley’s “exceptionally hard work and dedication”.
“You have taken the first step towards a rewarding career in the Australian Defence Force,” he told Ashley. “It’s a great effort. Keep studying hard!”
Mrs Julie Kiroluch of Bendigo, formerly of Wodonga, mother of a student who had aspirations for the AFDA Bobby Garratt who died of leukemia at just 17-years-of-age in 2006, presented Ashley with The Bobby Garratt Australia Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship is to the value of $1,000 to help with careers of recipients. “It was Bobby’s wish that a scholarship be established in his name and presented,” an emotional Mum said. “We’ve given eight scholarships since 2006.” Joining the Royal Australian Navy has been in Ashley’s sights for the last three years. “Although I am not there yet, I am excited that I have almost achieved this,” she said.
On January 25 next year, Ashley will commence her mid shipment at the ADFA Creswick before the ADF in 2020, signing up for nine years.
Ashley, the daughter of Samantha and Grant Churchin, said she appreciated the support of her parents and school teachers.
She thanked Flight Sergeant Edwardes for attending Sacred Heart to present the ADFA award in front of her peers and teachers.
“I am also honoured to receive the Bobby Garratt Memorial Award from Mrs Julie Kiroluch. It has come at a complete surprise to me to receive this award,” Ashley said.
“I hope to honour Bobby who never got to achieve his dream of a career in the Air Force by giving 100 per cent in my studies at ADFA and during my service.”
Ashley’s aims include being a maritime warfare officer and commanding her own ship.
Sacred Heart College is very proud of Ashley’s achievements according to college principal Lew Nagle.
“Today’s awards are recognition for her sizzle fundraiser during the Club’s September Tournament to give their mate a hand.
The entrants supported the idea and the team raised $476.
Everyone loves a family day out, so the next big event hosted jointly with Country Buddies Yarrawonga and the YMGCR will be Kye’s Family Fun Day.
The event will be held on the croquet lawns at YMGCR on Sunday, October 7 from 2pm.
There will be jumping castles, face painting, dart golf, kid’s activities, live music with Luke Dewing and plenty of food and drink for everyone.
This will be the perfect location for the kids to have an afternoon of fun while Mums and Dads sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
With sincere thanks to local businesses, 100% of proceeds will go directly to Kye and his family.
More details of the event can be found on YMGCR’s Facebook page. dedication and hard work, not only this year, but throughout her entire time at the college,” Mr Nagle said.
“I have no doubt that Ashley will be an asset to the Australian Navy and we wish her all the best for the future.”
Ashley Churchin, pictured with her awards, flanked by, from left, Sacred Heart College Principal Lew Nagle, Flight Sergeant Brad Edwardes, Officer Entry Enlistment Defence Force Recruitment Amanda Hulm and scholarship presenter Julie Kiroluch.