TWO Mitchell Shire students were among 10 winners of the 2018 ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award, presented last week at Parliament House.
Broadford student Breanna Hinchcliffe and Kieran Holt, from Kilmore, received their awards from Member for Euroa Steph Ryan.
Ms Ryan offers the award each year to each school across the Euroa electorate in honour of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop.
He was born and raised at Stewarton, educated in Benalla and grew up to be an extraordinary surgeon, serving in World War II.
As a prisoner of the Japanese, Weary Dunlop displayed extraordinary courage, leadership and compassion, giving hope to the sick and comforting the dying.
The award, made annually, recognises students who have done their best in the face of challenges, and who have demonstrated persistence and resilience in order to achieve academically, socially, culturally, in the sporting arena or in another field of endeavour.
Breanna completed year 12 at Broadford Secondary College last year and was described by her teachers as one of the most optimistic, resilient and inspirational students they had taught.Kieran completed grade six at St Patrick’s Primary School Kilmore last year and was described as a kind, compassionate member of the school community with natural leadership skills.
“Breanna and Kieran are great examples of the spirit exemplified by Sir Edward ‘Weary Dunlop’ and it was an honour to have them in Parliament,” Ms Ryan said.
“Hosting these wonderful young people and their families in Parliament is one of the highlights on my year.
“Each of them has a unique story of how they persisted and showed resilience to overcome adversity.”