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Monday, 24 February 2014
Page: 715


Ms O'DWYER (Higgins) (16:38): In order to recognise the importance of leadership from the earliest of ages, in February 2011 I established the Higgins Medal in schools within my electorate to celebrate and recognise young and emerging leaders. I am pleased that 19 schools now participate in the Higgins Medal program and I would like to acknowledge the Higgins medal winners for 2013.

They are: Georgia Wolfe of Armadale Primary School; Jackson Bishop of Christ Church Grammar School; Zhi Dong Ye of De La Salle College; Lily Santamaria of Glen Iris Primary School; Emilia Floros of Holy Eucharist Primary School; Holly Walters of Korowa Anglican Girls' School; Alisha Rao of Lauriston Girls' School; Amy Smith of Malvern Central School; Chloe Galileos of Malvern Valley Primary School; Ryan Stewart of Melbourne High School; Sam Boontjes of Murrumbeena Primary School; George Gameras, Christine Nikolopoulos and Danielle Triandafilidis of Oakleigh Grammar School; Quynh Nguyen of Presentation College; Anna Snape of Solway Primary School; Tess Price of St Catherine's School; Sophie Harrison of St Cecilia's Parish School; Annecy Homberg of Stonnington Primary School; and Jean-Paul Martini of Toorak Primary School.

Some of these recipients are from the primary years while others are from the secondary school. They have all demonstrated leadership, in their own unique way, and all are to be commended. Common to Higgins Medal recipients is that they demonstrate excellence in attitude and achievement, are strong and consistent participants in school and community activity, and exhibit awareness of others and their needs. I commend them—and their families and schools—for this achievement.