Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, presented Armidale Secondary College Year 10 student Sophia-Rose Markham with a certificate today, recognising her selection as one of only 20 recipients across the State of the 2022 Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship.
Thursday, 16 June 2022
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today personally congratulated Armidale Secondary College Year 10 student Sophia-Rose Markham, who has been announced as one of just 20 recipients across the State of the 2022 Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship.
Sophia will join her 19 fellow scholarship recipients a two-week historical study tour in NSW, the ACT and Darwin later this year.
Mr Marshall said by partaking in this tour, Sophia and the other students would further develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war.
“I congratulate Sophia on this outstanding achievement, being selected from more than 125 applications from students across NSW,” Mr Marshall said.
“Not only will this be the absolute trip of a lifetime for her, I’m certain it will only deepen her respect and knowledge of the service and sacrifice of Australian Defence Force personnel.
“I couldn’t be prouder of her and know she’ll be a wonderful ambassador for her school, her family and our region.”
Mr Marshall said the tour would be accompanied by a military historian to teach students about Australia’s military past and help them understand the importance of commemoration.
“In the 80th year since the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942, students will visit significant sites associated with the Second World War in and around Darwin,” he said.
“This is a wonderful experience and it is vital that current generations continue to learn about the military history of NSW and our nation.”
A proud Aboriginal student, Sophia said she was excited to be part of the prestigious scholarship program and learning experience.
“I am very excited to be able to travel the country, meet new people and learn in greater detail about Australia’s involvement in past conflicts,” Sophia said.
“It is an honour to have been selected to participate in the Premier’s ANZAC Scholarship program and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Armidale Secondary College and our region.”
The tour will take place in the 2022 Spring school holidays, from 26 September to 7 October.