Col­lege achiev­ers take a place in Hall of Dis­tinc­tion

South Western Times - - News -

A trio of Bun­bury Catholic Col­lege alumni were hon­oured at the school’s pre­sen­ta­tion night on Tues­day, as they were in­ducted into the Hall of Dis­tinc­tion.

The first in­ductee was Tris­tan Cle­mons, who rep­re­sented Aus­tralia play­ing hockey for the Kook­abur­ras while pur­su­ing a ca­reer as a bio­med­i­cal re­searcher.

He com­pleted a PhD in nan­otech­nol­ogy at the Univer­sity of WA and aims to de­velop nanopar­ti­cles which could re­pair dam­age to the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and help with dis­eases such as can­cer.

Af­ter re­tir­ing in May, Dr Cle­mons has be­come a fa­ther and taken up a position with North­west­ern Univer­sity in Chicago.

Award-win­ning per­former Abbe May was also recog­nised, with her al­bum Fruit re­leased ear­lier this year to crit­i­cal ac­claim.

The singer-song­writer took the time to visit cur­rent BCC stu­dents to be­stow in­valu­able ad­vice.

“It was cool to re­turn to the space where I was a young per­son ap­proach­ing my fu­ture and con­sid­er­ing whether or not I would be­come a mu­si­cian,” she said.

Fi­nal in­ductee Mike Smith is no stranger to ac­co­lades, as a life mem­ber of Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia and the re­cip­i­ent of an Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal.

Mr Smith was the first per­son from coun­try WA to be­come pres­i­dent of Surf Life Sav­ing WA and was also pres­i­dent of the Bun­bury club for five years.

“You don’t go into th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions to get th­ese awards, but it is nice to have peers recog­nise you,” Mr Smith said.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Mike Smith, Abbe May and Tris­tan Cle­mons were in­ducted into the Bun­bury Catholic Col­lege Hall of Dis­tinc­tion in recog­ni­tion of their achieve­ments on Tues­day night.

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