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History Award Conferral

Posted: 24-Oct-2018

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition that gives students a chance to be an historian – researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.

As reported in an earlier College newsletter (Edition 16, October), Year 9 students completed a 1000-2000 word research essay about ‘turning points’ in Australia’s history. Six essays were judged by the Humanities teachers as the best in the year level and were submitted to the National History Challenge. Olivia Voulgaris, Adele Totham, Vanessa Scaramuzzino, Grace Simpson, Alison Ball and Isabella Riitano were the successful essayists.

Four of these students then progressed to the State Finals in September at Melbourne Boys Grammar. This part of the competition required the girls to present before a panel of judges who asked them questions about their essays, their research processes, what they learnt and how it has shaped their perspectives of things that are happening today. 

Olivia Voulgaris was judged to be in the top 3 Year 9 students in the state and progressed to the National Finals. After much consideration, the organisers of the National History Challenge announced in early October that Olivia was the winner of the State Level (Category Year 9) Award. 

Olivia’s family, teachers and peers rejoiced in her achievement. Sarah Nash attended the conferral ceremony on behalf of the Humanities Team, along with Olivia’s father, George Voulgaris (pictured). Olivia received her award from Dr Rosalie Triolo (also pictured), Senior Lecturer at Monash University and President of the History Teachers' Association, Victoria. In an unexpected but welcomed twist for Sarah Nash, she reconnected with Dr Triolo, her History Method Lecturer from almost 20 years ago!

The College congratulates Olivia and all of the girls who participated in this competition. We continue to celebrate their success and encourage their ongoing pursuit of excellence.

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