Country Hours Bridget Fitzgerald was the guest speaker at the WACoA-Denmark Graduation on 17 November 2017. Bridget, journalist and presenter on ABC Country Hour gave an enlightening and enjoyable presentation about her journey towards her current career…her sound advice to graduating students as they make their way towards their own careers…“Ask lots of questions”.
The graduation ceremony is an auspicious event for the College. It places importance in expressing the values of the College and honouring the group of individuals graduating on the day, all of whom enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements throughout the year.
The number of presentations of Scholarships and Awards is indicative of the support for the College’s scholarship program which includes support from such dignitaries as Hon. Dr Sally Talbot MLC, Hon. Terry Redman, MLA and member for Warren Blackwood, Mr. Rick Wilson MP and Member for O’Connor and relevant Associations and local business.
Several prestigious scholarships and awards were presented, 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. Principal, Kevin Osborne said, “The scholarship program recognises agricultural college students with a strong interest in the industry, and strives to support their growth and development within their chosen agricultural field.”
Amongst the many scholarships and awards presented on the day, Bradley Kammann was announced College Dux 2017 for the student with the highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12 along with several other major awards, while graduating student Lacy McAlinden and Year 10 student Deahna Keam were awarded the Australian Defence Force 2017 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards, recognising outstanding leadership qualities in these two students.
The highly prized Royal Agricultural Society Scholarship was awarded to Year 11 student Lily Loessl, while the WA Farmers Agricultural Ambassador Scholarship went to Year 11 ATAR student Mikayla Moolman. College Captain Shannon Hull received the Top VET/Academic Student Award for excellence in vocational education training.