Three students from local schools have been recognised in Parliament as part of the Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan’s Weary Dunlop Awards.
Star Beavis of Benalla P-12 College, William Giannios of Broken Creek Primary School and Deklan Burgess from St Joseph’s Primary School received the award in a special presentation at Parliament House in Melbourne recently.
Ms Ryan said the award was made in honour of Sir Edward Weary Dunlop, who was born and raised at Stewarton, near Benalla.
As a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II, Weary Dunlop displayed extraordinary courage, leadership and compassion, giving hope to the sick and comforting the dying.
He was described by one of his men as a lighthouse of sanity in a universe of madness and suffering.
‘‘The award recognises students who have demonstrated the characteristics of Weary Dunlop,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘He was known for his persistence, resilience, courage and compassion and each of these students has demonstrated the same traits.
‘‘This award is not about recognising student who receive the highest marks, it’s about recognising those who, like Weary, have done their best in the face of challenges.’’
Ms Ryan said 14 students from across the Euroa electorate were recipients of the award this year, with 12 of them travelling to Parliament House with their families for a special presentation and morning tea.
Attendees were treated to a tour of Parliament House including the Legislative Assembly and Council and the Parliamentary Library before a special lunch and a viewing of Under the Sea at IMAX.
Ms Ryan commended Benalla students Star, William and Deklan on their impressive nominations for the award and congratulated them all.
‘‘I feel extremely fortunate to be able to meet so many exceptional young people across the Euroa electorate,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘These students are certainly no exception and set an outstanding example within their school and broader communities.
‘‘I have no doubt each of them has a very bright future and I look forward to following their journeys over the coming years.’’