College achievers take a place in Hall of Distinction
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.
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.