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Four outstanding young Victorian student leaders were presented yesterday with the Fr James Wall Bursary award by Archbishop Denis Hart, in a reception at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Centre.
The Father James Wall Bursary provides leadership achievement awards of $4000 to each student. It is made annually to Year 10 Catholic secondary school students who demonstrate leadership potential in a range of areas. These include science, arts, public speaking, sporting activities, community service and social justice activities.
The bursary, provided through the sponsorship of the Catholic Development Fund, assists with school fees and other expenses during the student’s Year 11 and 12 studies.
This year, seven bursaries have been awarded, including the four students from the Archdiocese of Melbourne, one from the Dioceses of Sale and one from the Diocese of Bunbury as well as another from Edmund Rice Education Australia.
In Melbourne, the four winners, along with parents, friends and family, received their awards from Archbishop Denis Hart. They are:
Nathan Fox, of St Joseph’s College in Newtown, Geelong
Himash Wijesekera, from Mazenod College Mulgrave
Madeleine Crothers, of St Ignatius College Geelong
Jordan Whitty, from Parade College Bundoora
Matthew Cassin, CEO of Catholic Development Fund, welcomed the Archbishop, Paul Sharkey, Director of Catholic Education Services at Catholic Education Melbourne, and Jim Miles, who presented the four winners to the Archbishop.
An excited Madeleine Crothers spoke later of her own delight in receiving the award, in the hope that it will encourage other young people to extend themselves, be more, do more and give more.