Premier award for Tweed teen
TEXTBOOKS can only teach Tweed Heads teenager Max Whiticker so much.
Thankfully the 15-year-old’s quest for knowledge will soon be fulfilled when he embarks on a two-week tour of Japan and Korea later this year thanks to the Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship.
The Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School pupil is one of the 20 recipients of the award, which is designed to preserve the spirit of the ANZAC story by giving Years 8 to 10 students the opportunity to travel to sites associated with the tradition.
He will begin his tour in June.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Max said.
“Academically I’m always looking for something different but I love Australian history.”
The tour will take Max through battlegrounds and war memorials with seven other students.
The other 12 recipients of the scholarship will travel to the Western Front in France and Belgium in September and October.
For his application, Max had to show his commitment to studying history and passion for maintaining the ANZAC tradition.
“History is just so fascinating to me. So many amazing things have taken place,” Max said.
“The lead up to a war and how it starts is just so interesting.
Max’s participation as an Australian Air Force Cadet and an English assignment he sent in on a fictional Australian war hero helped him secure the scholarship.
He said he also feels a strong connection to his great grandfather who fought in Gallipoli.
Max met New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally at the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney last month when the scholarship announcement was made.
“This will be a life-changing experience for all students involved and will guarantee the courage and sacrifice of our ANZAC servicemen and women lives on in a new generation of Australians,” Ms Keneally said.
“I am sure that these students will find the experience deeply moving.”
Max will travel to Sydney later this month for a two-day briefing on the journey on the upcoming tour.
Once he completes schooling, Max hopes to join the Australian Defence Force and become a jet fighter pilot.