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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Premier’s Anzac Prize winners announced

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Friday, November 11, 2016

    Premier’s Anzac Prize winners announced

    Eight Queensland students are set to take the trip of a lifetime next year after winning the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Prize.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Anzac Prize was an opportunity for Queensland students to connect to the Anzac spirit.

    “The Premier’s Anzac Prize offers a chance for students to reflect on the modern influence of the Anzac spirit,” the Premier said.

    “More than 100 years on, we are remembering the sacrifices made by so many Australians and New Zealanders in Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

    “This year’s successful students developed outstanding multimedia presentations which illustrated the importance of keeping the Anzac tradition alive.

    “I would like to congratulate the successful students and thank all those students who entered the competition.”

    Education Minister Kate Jones said the successful students would be taking a tour of Gallipoli and the Western Front in April next year over Anzac Day.

    “Next April, these eight students will take part in an unforgettable experience in tracing the steps of the Anzacs,” Ms Jones said.

    “It will be an incredible educational opportunity as they reflect on the history and pay their respects to the Anzacs.

    “I wish all the students the best as they prepare to embark on this exciting journey.”

    Lead teacher chaperone Mr Sean Maher, who is Head of School - Secondary at Nambour State College, said it would be an honour to guide the students on tour.

    “The Premier’s Anzac Prize provides us all with a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the many thousands of brave Australians who gave so much,” Mr Maher said.

    “It will doubtlessly be a life-changing experience for the students and ourselves as we seek to understand more about who the ANZACs were and the sacrifices they made for our benefit.”

    The judging panel for this year’s prize included representatives of the Australian Defence Force, Returned and Services League, history teachers, universities and the Department of Education and Training.

    This year’s winners are: 

    • Matisse Reed, St Monica’s College (Cairns)
    • Nicholas Margetts, Christian Outreach College Toowoomba
    • Brooklyn Lade, Proserpine State High School
    • Marissa Ellis, Trinity Bay State High School
    • Isabella Clarke, Matthew Flinders Anglican College
    • Hannah Taylor, Christian Outreach College Toowoomba
    • Chase Pontifex, Pimlico State High School
    • Charlotte Solomon, Somerville House

    Further information including video and photo galleries of past tours is available at: www.education.qld.gov.au/anzac-prize

    Media contact:  Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791