Bright light in Braybrook

Devansh Attrey with his 2023 Premiers Award. (Damjan Janevski) 375019_03

One bright student from Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook, has been awarded the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize (SOAP), in the annual competition open to year 9-12 students.

Year 11 student Devansh Attrey is one of only 12 students out of 100 applicants who has been awarded the prize, and will embark on a trip to Turkey to retrace the steps of the Anzacs.

Students will go on a journey to explore Australia’s wartime and peacekeeping history, on the fully funded study tour to significant war heritage sites, connect with veterans and the ex-service community.

For his application, Devansh wrote an essay for submission, after being notified of the competition through his principal Robert Brennan and teacher Bernard O’Keefe.

At first, Devansh said he was shocked to receive the award but after having time to reflect he was left overwhelmed with joy.

“To be considered a winner of this award, means so much to me,” he said.

“As it gives me an opportunity to learn so much more than I have already known, in terms of Australia’s peacekeeping and wartime history.”

Earlier in November, Devansh had the opportunity to meet his fellow winners at Parliament House which was a a chance to get to know each other before the trip next year.

“I am absolutely thrilled to learn and grow further with my fellow prize-winners, as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

In the midst of his exams and other school priorities, Devansh managed to submit the essay for consideration, something he said he could not do without support from his parents, teachers, principal and friends.

“I am extremely proud to represent my school and be a part of this diverse community. I would encourage younger students to take on many opportunities and not miss them.”

Jennifer Pittorino