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Andrew selected for anniversary Gallipoli tour

Article Category  Community Interest
Date Published  Friday, September 12 2014

Andrew selected for anniversary Gallipoli tour
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College student Andrew King will attend the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli after being one of 80 students selected to represent Victoria.

The State Government received 635 student and 104 teacher applications for the tour, which aims to give younger generations the chance to experience significant places.

Premier Denis Napthine announced the 80 students and 14 teacher chaperones that have been selected from school Years 9 to 12 across the state. Two community representatives and two senior public servants will also be part of the group.

"The service will mark the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915," Premier Napthine said, "we are proud to offer these deserving students and chaperones the opportunity to spend five days in Turkey representing Victoria, including at the historic Anzac Day service at Gallipoli."

DMSC Year 11 student Andrew King was chosen, along with Horshams Ethan Jolley, Gorokes Jacob McGennisken, and Stawells Cameron Bowman, for their individual service to the community and understanding of the spirit of Anzac.

"My experience with Scouts was a major factor in being selected," Andrew, 16, said, "I actually know Ethan, who was selected from St Brigids, through Scouting."

DMSC Acting Principal Stuart Kuhnell said that the school community was very pleased that Andrew had been chosen to go.

"We are all very proud of Andrew, he is thoroughly deserving of this unique opportunity," Stuart said, "we all look forward to learning of his experiences on his return."

The tour is part of the Victorian Governments World War I commemorations, along with the completion of the Galleries of Remembrance, the book Victoria at War and the commencement of the Anzac Centenary education roadshow.

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