GALLERY: 70 photos from Year 12 Roma State College graduation
THE 'Year of Firsts' have graduated school - Year 12 students from Roma State College were officially the secondary school of Year 12, first to undergo the ATAR program and then first to go through a year of schooling amidst a global pandemic.
Students, staff and parents gathered last Thursday in the Jubilee Hall for the Year 12 Graduation and Awards night.
Principal Guy Hendriks said the past year has been one like no other, but he's grateful to share and celebrate this ceremony.
"These students have missed social sports and artistic opportunities, but I have not heard one word of 'why was it me'," Mr Hendriks said.
"There were an exceptional group of students.
"The feedback I receive from everyone in this graduating class is always positive.
"They're a credit to themselves and their parents."
Head of Senior Campus Mrs Kate Van Der Meulen was gobsmacked that it had been 10 years since she met most of the Year 12 students.
"These little faces and personalities have grown into wonderful young adults," Mrs Van Der Meulen said.
"This group of firsts were the first cohert for the ATAR program, officially secondary schooling year of Year 7.
"And when I said that in February, I didn't think for one moment we would be faced with so many changes and challenges, now they're the first Year 12 cohert to get through a year of schooling amidst a global pandemic.
"However, I don't want the students to remember it as the 'COVID year', I want them to remember all the great times they had and the memories they have made."
Mrs Van Der Meulen said the graduating class have been wonderful role models to younger students and have stepped up at every opportunity to assist staff in a variety of situations.
"I sincerely wish you all the best in your future endeavours," she said.
"I look forward to hearing stories of your successes and the many adventures that I know lie ahead.
"There will be bumps along the way but remember to rise above those challenges and know you can come out the other side even stronger.
"You are truly a special bunch and I will miss seeing you around the campus.
"So take care of yourselves and each other."
2020 MAJOR AWARD WINNERS, ROMA STATE COLLEGE
2020 Dux: MITCH EDDIE
David Littleproud encouragement award: MAGGIE DAVIS
Performing Arts award: DEMMI YATES
Golden West employment solutions traineeship award: JEMMA JONES
Golden West employment solutions apprenticeship award: WADE BARRETT
Mayne Award: MAKAYLA RUDD
Aim High Student of the year: BEC PATCH
Rotary Club of Roma all-rounder medal: HANNAH GREEN
John Rudd Apex Citizenship award: KIANA VAN DER MEULEN
Zonta Club of Roma award: JESSIE MAUNDER
TAFE Southwest award: JORDEN McCOLLEY
Lions Club of Roma: TALLARA RIES
ANZAC award: HANNAH GREEN
Marie Memory bursary: THOMAS SCHEFE
Emily Payne Memorial award: JAIMEE BALAGBIS
Christine Stanford Memorial scholarship: GEORGIE PHILLIPS
Darren Thrupp award: JAKE KLEIN
ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award: JADE TETLOW
ADF Future Innovators Award: MITCH EDDIE
Sportswoman of the Year: HANNAH GREEN
Sportsman of the Year: RIAN LAVERTY
Caltex All-rounder award: JAYSON THERON
Hede, Byrne and Hall Law award: LAUREN CAMPBELL
David Hourn memorial award: RIAN LAVERTY
Instrumental Music Award: THOMAS SCHEFE
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE Hannah Green
AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES Georgie Phillips
ANCIENT HISTORY Ashley Tate
ARTS IN PRACTICE Tabitha San Andreas
BIOLOGY Hannah Green
BUSINESS Jessie Maunder
BUSINESS STUDIES Matt Yarrow
CHEMISTRY Mitch Eddie
EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES Maggie Frizzell
ENGLISH Hannah Green
ESSENTIAL ENGLISH Connor Bellenger
FASHION Charmaine Liston
GEOGRAPHY Jessie Maunder
DESIGN Jaimee Balagbis
INFORMATION COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGIES Matt Blair
INDUSTRIAL GRAPHICS SKILLS Tom Schefe
LEGAL STUDIES Lauren Campbell
GENERAL MATHEMATICS Hannah Green
MATHEMATIC METHODS Mitch Eddie
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Hannah Green
PHYSICS Mitch Eddie
ESSENTIAL MATHEMATICS Matt Yarrow
SPORT AND RECREATION Hannah Green
SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY STUDIES Maggie Frizzell
VISUAL ARTS IN PRACTICE Jaimee Balagbis
CERTIFICATE III SPORT AND REC Matt Yarrow
CERTIFICATE II BUSINESS Haley Maquet