Two Allora students named school dux
TWENTY-four graduands celebrated the end of Year 10 and the beginning of the next stage of their lives at Tuesday evening's Allora State School 49th speech night.
The Year 10 class, from the 145th year of schooling in Allora, comprised Christopher Ahrendt, Will Bashford, Danielle Benz, Ashleigh Brown, Brooke Christensen, Thomas Cock, Alison Dennis, Shaunena Duffy, Michael Ellis, Daniel Erhardt, Brianna Francis, Adina Gunnis, Connor Hill, Kaitlyn Lawton, Travis Lowe, Sabrina Moat, Joseph Morris, Charles Parker, Benjamen Ranger, Lydia Rowan, Thomas Ryan, Joshua Sharman, Ryan Sugars-Simpson and Madeline Whittaker.
Special guests were keynote speaker from Youth Specialties Australia Graham Hyman, retired school bus operator Col Gay, Southern Downs Regional councillor Glyn Rees and Corporal Murray Kaufmann from the Australian Defence Force.
For the first time since 2004, the dux award was shared, this time between Ben Ranger and Adina Gunnis. The presentation was made by Mr Hyman.
Alison Dennis received the Mayor's Medal, presented by Cr Rees.
Ashleigh Brown received the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award from Corp Kaufmann. Alison Dennis also received the diligence award.
Joseph Morris underlined his outstanding sporting ability by being named Sportsperson of the Year, presented by Mr Gay, after outstanding efforts in archery, cross country and rugby league.
The Rotary-organised Lex Ellwood Bursary is presented to a student who demonstrates community awareness, leadership qualities and scholastic achievement, this year awarded to school captain Adina Gunnis.
The humanitarian award, donated by the Gibson family, acknowledges a student's attitude of tolerance and respect for others, deservedly earned by Alison Dennis, who also received the Bob Deacon Trophy for community service.
The peer trophy, donated by Barry and Ann Glass in memory of their daughter Karina, a former Allora State School student, went to Austin Lack while Rory Moat and Erin Weier received of the chaplain's award.
Year 10 academic awards are presented to: Ben Ranger (English, manual arts and joint health and physical education; Joseph Morris (H&PE); Adina Gunnis (mathematics, graphics, food studies and history); Thomas Cocks (science); Sabrina Moat (visual art); Ashleigh Brown (business); and Brooke Christensen (business encouragement).
Principal Shaun Kanowski delivered his report to a crowd that filled the school hall.
"2012 has been a great year, from our many achievements academically, to success with sporting and cultural events such as debating and to the everyday progress of learning," Mr Kanowski said.
He congratulated the graduands on completing 10 years of education, extending his best wishes to all for the future.
Allora State School Parents' and Citizens' Association president Paul Morris also presented his report on activities in 2012.