Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation tops $205,000 in Country Education Grants

A fortunate group of former Kapunda High School scholars now share in $26,000 worth of grants to support their further education.

Each student was highlighted under the Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation, through the Country Education Foundation of Australia grants program, during the 11th annual awards presentation on February 13. 

According to the committee, this brings the total amount of funding facilitated by the Centenary Foundation since 2009 to just over $205,000 distributed to 77 students and trade trainees.

Presentation emcee Anne Hornsey was pleased to introduce Centenary Foundation chairman Barry Vogt who welcomed a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters and family members of grant recipients to the grounds of 'Eringa' at Kapunda.

Mr Vogt spoke proudly of the achievements and successes enjoyed by a number of past grant recipients, all of whom have strived to follow their dreams.

"They had consistently acknowledged that the Centenary Foundation support had assisted them along that pathway," he said.

Mr Vogt further paid tribute to the initial significant donation from a former Kapunda High School student, the late Jim Bettison, who enabled the Centenary Foundation to get off to a flying start.

This had encouraged other supporters who regularly continue to support the Foundation with generous donations.

He also reinforced the expectations placed upon the successful students in being prepared to promote the work of the Foundation and to respond to donors with letters of appreciation.

“Our donors are very committed to supporting the Centenary Foundation and thoroughly enjoy hearing personally from grant recipients”.

Clyde Hazel was pleased to announce the recipient of the Foundation Award for 2019, Abigail Lemar, who was acknowledged as 2018 DUX of Kapunda High School.

Members of the Hazel family have been strong supporters of the Centenary Foundation since its inception.

Barry Vogt announced the recipient of the 2019-2022 Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation Jim Bettison Scholarship - Abigail Lemar.

School principal Kristen Masters spoke of Abigail’s journey through the school, acknowledging her dedication and commitment to her studies and her strong leaderships skills.

Abigail was an active participant in the many extra-curricular activities available at the school and was head prefect in 2018, sports leader and the Paul Giles Memorial Award recipient.

She has been accepted by the University of Adelaide to begin a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Criminology.

“Abigail impressed us through the interview process with her strong interest in law and law enforcement – presenting exceedingly well with a clear sense of where her career may head and a maturity we felt that would stand her in good stead going forward,” Ms Masters said.

The recipient of the Helen James Award for 2019-2020 went to Madison Roehrs. She is enrolled to undertake a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Flexible Entry – Flinders University.

“Madison’s strong interest in science has been evident from her early years at Kapunda High School," Ms Masters said.

She has taken every opportunity to pursue this both at school and through extra-curricular activities offered through universities here and interstate; she attended a summer school program and the Science Olympiads."

Ms Masters also announced the following Country Education Foundation grants for 2019, including the 2019-20 Ahrens Regional Education Awards, the Ian Murray Education Grant, the Johnson Family KHS Country Education Grants, and the Kapunda Community Thrift Award.

Presentations were made by Centenary Foundation committee members to the following students: Patrick Dempsey and Amy Wilsdon (Ahrens Regional Educational Awards), Courtney Launer (Kapunda Community Thrift Shop Award), Courtney Loffler (Ian Murray Award), Renae Helmore and Marisha Hughes (Johnson Family KHS Country Education Grant), Sheralee Hackett and Michaela Massey (Country Education Grant).

Mr Vogt also acknowledged the Centenary Foundation’s continuing support of the Jim Bettison Scholarship awardees: Elise Prior (2016-19), Ben Weichert (2017-20) and Katie Christian (2018-21), along with the Helen James Awardee for 2018-19, Morghan Prior, and the Ahrens Regional Education Awardees for 2018-19, Molly Ellis and Callum Fox.

2016 Jim Bettison scholar Elise Prior spoke of her successful progress through her previous three years of study for a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree, which she anticipates completing at the end of this year.

Her results have been outstanding throughout; consistently achieving high distinctions.

Callum Fox, one of the Ahrens Regional Education Awardees for 2018-19, spoke of his first year’s experiences at the University of SA where he is studying for a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

A highlight of Callum’s year had been to represent the University of SA at a National level at an Engineers Without Borders conference in Melbourne.

Mr Vogt thanked everyone involved in the evening, including the members of the Centenary Foundation Selection Panel, Paul McCarthy, Miles White and Kristen Masters.

All in attendance were then invited to enjoy fellowship with committee members, sponsors, supporters and grant recipients and their families.