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Former Warrnambool student recognised nationally.

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19 March 2003


A former Brauer College Warrnambool student has been recognised in a national essay competition.

Lauren Prest is a runner up in the 2003 Simpson Prize, which encouraged students to consider what ANZAC Day meant to them and to Australia.

Member for Wannon - David Hawker - made the announcement today and said Lauren was one of almost 2000 year 9 and 10 students across Australia who enter the competition.

Mr. Hawker said Lauren and the other winners and runners up had travelled to Canberra for a two-day educational excursion to the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House.

He said the competition was now in its fourth year and honoured John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the man with the donkey, whose compassionate bravery in rescuing soldiers under fire in Gallipoli personified the ANZAC spirit.

“A number of this year’s winning essays have linked Simpson’s compassionate heroism to the courage displayed by many Australians in the wake of the Bali bombings last October,” Mr. Hawker said.

“The work of Lauren and other winners and runners up reflects a deep and lasting connection between this generation of young Australians and those who came before them.”

Mr. Hawker said the essay competition developed a greater understanding and appreciation of the ANZAC story among our young people.

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