I recently had the pleasure of announcing Sarah Lane as the 2020 Walkington Award recipient at St Luke’s College Year 12 Graduation Ceremony. 2020 marks the 36th anniversary of the Walkington Award which recognises a year 12 student that has achieved academic excellence over the previous 12 months while demonstrating achievement in other areas such as community involvement. The $5000 award aims to encourage students to continue full or part time studies at a recognized educational institution.
Sarah has demonstrated that she is a very deserving recipient of this award with the work she has been doing as part of St. Luke’s leadership team as the Cultural Captain alongside her mentoring of students, organising of school activities and her involvement as a committed volunteer to Dampier Sharks football team, community clean-up days and numerous other community events. Sarah has also excelled in international and national competitions, she was a 2019 finalist in the ‘Country to Canberra’ National Leadership Competition for rural young women and she was in the top 2 for the International Beijing Bound Science Competition.
Sarah’s achievements speak to how competitive the award selection process was this year and I would like to acknowledge all seven applicants from this year and wish them all well in their future studies. I would also like to thank the judging panel that had their work cut out for them this year!
Sarah has indicated that she plans to pursue study in the area of Biomedical Science majoring in Immunology and Microbiology. I hope this award helps support her on her path and wish her well for the future!