On December 19 Benalla P-12 College held another successful Year 12 graduation night, with a large audience of parents, teachers, friends and community members.
Each VCE and VCAL graduate was introduced individually on stage with special mention of their achievements and extra curricular work undertaken in 2017.
School captains, Emily Neilson and Freyr Hubbard reminisced about their year and also thanked the staff and families who had contributed to their success.
The 2016 Dux, Amelia Mentiplay-Smith, spoke about her experience at university this year and she thanked the school for preparing her for the challenge.
The Benalla community support for Benalla P-12 College students this year was overwhelming with more than $10000 of sponsorship, scholarships and awards presented on the evening.
Emily Thomas, Dux of 2017, was presented with a cheque from Benalla Bus Lines.
The Weary Dunlop Scholarship winner was John Guppy, who was proud to receive the prestigious award.
Freyr Hubbard was awarded the Brian Greed Science award to support her pathway into science at university.
Benalla P-12 College sponsor the ‘‘All Rounder’’ award and this was presented to Tayla London.
The Mavis Wynne Memorial Scholarship was presented by Sally Milner and went to Emma Boyd to assist with her pathway into university.
When announcing the winner Sally thanked and congratulated all students who applied for the scholarship on the quality of their applications and interviews.
The winner of the LLEN VCAL Student of the Year was Gabbrielle Clissold.
The Lions Club community service award was won by Emily Neilson, recognising the work she has completed in the school community.
The Benalla Rural City Community Award was won by Emma Boyd for her work in the Benalla P-12 College community, in particular her work within performing arts.
The Rotary Student Leadership Award was presented to Gabbrielle Clissold and Andrew Stubbs for their contribution to the school community.
The Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award from the Australian Defence Force was presented to John Guppy for his work with the Student Leadership Group. John was outstanding in this area.
The Benalla Health Award for excellent achievements in their studies leading to a career in the health industry was won by Caitlyn Green.
Every year Benalla P-12 College acquires a piece of student work to recognise their achievement.
This year staff and School Council recognised the outstanding work of Maisy Lister, who produced a beautiful painting of a forest.
The Aldous & Hill Award for best Legal Studies student was shared by John Guppy and Lily Mertadana.
Nick Taylor and Deb Paez from the Tomorrow Today Foundation presented two Scholarships to assist students in their tertiary studies.
The recipients of these scholarships were Zac Cooke and Breanna Lancaster.
Georgia Prior won the Delatite Steel and Engineering Award for excellence in Vocational Learning.
At the close of the evening, the college captains, Emily and Freyr, presented Mrs Barbara O’Brien with flowers and a book to say thanks and to recognise her contribution to the college.
— Paul Challis, assistant principal, Barkly Campus