Ash­ley Navy-bound

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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