Several prestigious scholarships and awards were presented at the recent Graduation Ceremony, signifying the high level of talent and leadership qualities among students at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark and the support by both the agricultural and educational sector.
Ethan Riemer was announced the College Dux 2016, for the student with the highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12 along with several other major awards, while graduating student Robyn Adams and Year 10 student Jessica Pike, were awarded the Australian Defence Force 2016 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognising leadership qualities in these two students. The Caltex Best All Rounder Award saw Sarah Stutley join the ranks of a select group of Australian students chosen to receive this prestigious award, which also recognises leadership qualities along with excellence in academic, leadership, sporting, and community service activities.
The highly prized Royal Agricultural Society Scholarship was awarded to Year 11 student Makayla Cockman, while the Charles Sturt University Agribusiness Prize went to Cameron Geddes to assist a student to fulfil their goals through tertiary study. Patrick Swallow received the Top VET Award for excellence in vocational education training along with many other certificates of excellence. The Stud Merino Breeders Association Scholarship went to Year 11 student Casey Perkins who has shown a particular interest in the sheep and wool industry and the Old Collegians George Elliott Memorial Scholarship – to assist students with further agricultural studies, was awarded to Ben Marsh, a Year 11 student.
A new WA Farmers Agricultural Ambassador Scholarship – a new initiative between WAFarmers and the Department of Education WA was won by Year 11 student Charlie Cloud. The scholarship recognises agricultural college students with a strong interest in the industry, and will support their growth and development within their chosen agricultural field. Kayla Emmerton won the Shire of Denmark’s Agricultural College Scholarship aimed at students who are likely to pursue agricultural pursuits within the Shire’s boundaries into the future.
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