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Two high achieving students living their faith at school and in the community have been named as the recipients of this year’s John Brewer Memorial Scholarships.

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Aslin Spolding from St Mark’s College, Port Pirie, and George Wilson, a boarder at Sacred Heart College, will each receive the $1500 scholarship to assist with their Year 12 studies in 2023.

The scholarships are awarded by the Knights of the Southern Cross and provide assistance with fees and education expenses. Established
28 years ago, the scholarship is named after deceased KSC member John Brewer, who gave many years of service to his church, community and the Knights.

A member of the Port Pirie Diocese, Aslin is active in reading and prayers of the faithful at Sunday and school Masses. She was part of the week-long Blessing of the Fleet events, participated in the Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout and is also a volunteer for Fred’s Van.

Committed to achieving high grades in Year 12, Aslin said she hopes to study midwifery and is passionate about this career.

“To care for a mother, through pregnancy and labour, to witness a human’s first breath of life, first cry of surprise and first look at the world – becoming a midwife allows me to be a special figure in this process,” she wrote in her nomination.

George Wilson

George is head boy boarder at Sacred Heart College this year, having joined the school in Year 10 from Jamestown.

He is active in school Masses, often taking on the role as reader and acting as a Eucharistic Minister. A keen footballer and cricketer, George spends his exeats and holidays helping on the family farm and is keeping his options open regarding a future career.

“I would like to either study law, join the Australian Defence Force or study agriculture and pursue a career within the field, or on our own family farm,” George wrote in his nomination.

George added he would also like to volunteer in the CFS or Army Reserves and continue to serve the Sacred Heart and wider Catholic community “in whatever way I can”.

Aslin was presented her award at the Australia Day Mass on January 26. George was unable to attend and will receive his award at a small ceremony to be held at Sacred Heart College during Term 1.


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