The awards recognise excellence in Year 12 SACE subjects, and in the qualities young people need for community life, citizenship and work.
“The Governor of South Australia Commendations not only recognise outstanding academic achievements but their commitment to extracurricular activities during one of the busiest years of their lives,” said SACE Board acting chief executive Jan Raymond.
In total, 27 students were named award recipients when the Year 12 SACE results were released this morning.
A record 15,175 SA students completed the SACE this year, with 97.3 per cent obtaining the qualification.
Recipients of Governor’s Commendations from Catholic schools were:
Benjamin Fitzgerald, St Michael’s College, achieved five merits in the research project, physics, specialist mathematics, mathematical methods and chemistry. Ben was voted one of the Year 12 school leaders and has been an integral part of the senior leadership team focusing on supporting a range of social justice issues. He recently attended the 2017 National Youth Science Forum, where he participated in sessions on entrepreneurship and critical thinking.
Cassandra Larobina, St Ignatius’ College, who achieved six merits in accounting, biology, chemistry, mathematical studies, psychology and the research project.
Clare Peterson, St Aloysius College, achieved merits for her research project, and society and culture. Clare has led a number of justice initiatives, including the Fair Trade Fortnight Café, Walk Together for Refugees, anti-letter and environmental awareness campaigns. She plays AFL football, netball, volleyball and touch football for the college, and has coached primary volleyball and touch football teams. Clare was presented with a Gold Award for her achievements through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Claudia Floreani, St Ignatius’ College, achieved merits for the research project, economics and biology. Claudia is involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities. She attended the United Nations Youth National Conference and received the ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award. She has been a State finalist in the Legacy public speaking competition twice; a semi-finalist in the Rostrum public speaking competition; national finalist in the UN Youth Voice Public Speaking Competition, and a national finalist in the plain English speaking competition. She works at Hope’s Cafe, which supports refugees in the local community.
Flynn Pisani, Rostrevor College, was recognised for being an outstanding role model at Rostrevor. This year he was the Head Prefect and has spoken at public forums and worked with fellow prefects, senior college leaders and younger students in the Junior School. He was awarded a lifetime leadership and service award for his contributions and outstanding dedication to the college. Flynn was a member of the 2016 Indian pilgrimage where he spent nearly a month working with marginalised people in various cities in India.
Ingrid Mowbray, Kildare College, was House Captain and a Peer Support Leader this year and helped to mentor others in and outside the classroom. Ingrid has volunteered for the Leveda Art program and worked with Lighthouse Disability, creating art murals for the charity’s community houses.
Joshua Taylor, Xavier College, was House Captain in 2017. This role saw him further serve his house and college by presenting at assemblies, Masses and liturgies. This year Joshua showed great initiative in proposing, organising, running and refereeing the college’s first lunchtime 7-a-side soccer competition. He starred as Corny Collins in the college production of Hairspray and represented the school as the drummer in the Xavier College Little Big Band.
Sebastian Macaspac, Cardijn College, is a member of the Seeds Uniting Church where he is youth leader for more than 1000 people. He volunteers his time as a musician and sound engineer. He is also involved in Riding for the Disabled Australia, where he collects, tracks, rides and leads the caring of the horses every Saturday.
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