Youth Grants and awards Education | February 18, 2016

ANZAC spirit close to students’ hearts

Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP commends the efforts of two local students who have been selected to represent Victoria at the recently announced Victorian Government’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize.

Kaniva College student, Jock Maddern will embark on a trip of a lifetime, when he travels to Gallipoli and the Western Front in March.

Amy McIntyre from Lake Bolac College will be one of 20 students to join the Canberra tour to visit the Australian War Memorial in June.

“It’s a great experience for both of these students to gain an appreciation of Australia’s war history, just over 100 years on from the landing on the Gallipoli shores,” Ms Kealy said.

The students were selected after submitting projects that reflect what the ANZAC spirit means today in a diverse and multicultural Australia.

“Both students fully deserve these honours after their great entries addressed the tough criteria and included insights into life at war.

“It is wonderful to have two local students represent the Lowan Electorate and I congratulate Jock and Amy on achieving this amazing opportunity,” Ms Kealy said.

The study group tour to Gallipoli increased from 12 to 22 places this year and Ms Kealy said students would return with stories about Australia’s war history that would ensure the legacy of veterans continue into the future.

“The Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize tour group will follow in the footsteps of our World War I veterans as they visit Lemnos, Gallipoli and the Western Front,” she said.

Entries for the 2017 study tour are now open. Visit for application details.

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