During Wednesday's Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation's 12th Annual Awards Presentations, more than $27,000 was distributed to 15 former Kapunda High School students, through the Country Education Foundation of Australia grants program.
This brings the total amount of funding facilitated by the Centenary Foundation since 2009, to just under $240,000 distributed to 92 students and trade trainees.
Presentation emcee, Anne Hornsey, was pleased to introduce Centenary Foundation chairman Barry Vogt who welcomed a large crowd of enthusiastic of supporters and family members of grant recipients to the presentations, held in the grounds of 'Eringa'.
Mr Vogt spoke proudly of the achievements and success enjoyed by a number of past grant recipients, all of whom had strived to follow their dreams.
They had consistently acknowledged that the Centenary Foundation support had assisted them along that pathway.
Mr Vogt also paid tribute to the initial significant donation from a former Kapunda High School student, the late Jim Bettison, enabling 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. Mr Vogt hoped this would always be so, ensuring a financially secure future for the Foundation.
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," he said.
Clyde Hazel was pleased to announce the recipient of the Foundation Award for 2020, Jacob Dobbs, who was acknowledged 2019 DUX of Kapunda High School. Members of the Hazel Family have been strong supporters of the Centenary Foundation since its inception.
Kapunda High School principal Kristen Masters, spoke on Jacob's achievements.
"Jacob's is a great story. He was a student who mainly achieved B grades through Year 11 but really put the foot down in his final year to ultimately become the school DUX.
:He finished in the top four per cent of SA students, achieving A's in all his subjects".
"Jacob is undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Forensic and Analytical at Flinders University.
Barry Vogt announced the recipient of the 2020-2023, Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation 'Jim Bettison Scholarship' - Chloe Dabrowski.
Ms Masters also spoke of Chloe's journey through Kapunda High School, acknowledging her as a diligent, conscientious student; 2019 Head Prefect - great communicator and both respected and liked universally by peers.
"Outside of the school community she has been involved with sport - especially netball," Ms Masters said.
"Chloe stands out because of her character and is one of the nicest young people one could ever wish to meet.
"Chloe has been accepted by Flinders University to commence a Bachelor of Health Science with the ultimate goal of becoming a rural GP."
The recipient of the 'Helen James Award for 2020-2021, Elijah Smith, was announced, however, he was unable to attend the presentations.
Ms Masters further spoke highly of Elijah's years at Kapunda High School.
"Despite being dealt some tough personal circumstances, Elijah has shown great initiative and is committed to making a difference."
"He has been involved in Youth Parliament, Climate Strikes, and Evatt Diplomacy" Elijah has just commenced a Bachelor of Public Policy course at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Ms Masters also announced the following Country Education Foundation grants for 2019, including the 2020-21 Ahrens Regional Education Awards, the Ian Murray Education Grant, the Johnson Family KHS Country Education Awards, and the Kapunda Community Thrift Award.
Presentations were made by Centenary Foundation committee members to the following students: Jacob Dobbs and Shakira Pollard (Ahrens Award), Liam Opitz (Kapunda Community Thrift Shop Award), Jordan Harris (Ian Murray Award), Christie Chenoweth, Ava Teasdale and Abbey Trotta (Johnson Family KHS Country Education Awards), Lucy Drewett, Corey Wall, Sharna Grant, Aaron Hayward, Tahlia Lukeman and Elise Prior (Country Education Awards).
Mr Vogt acknowledged the Centenary Foundation's continuing support of the Jim Bettison Scholarship awardees: Ben Weichert (2017-20) and Katie Christian (2018-21), along with the Helen James Awardee for 2018-19, Madison Rohrs, and the Ahrens Regional Education Awardees for 2018-19, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Wilsdon.
Jim Bettison Scholar (2016), Elise Prior spoke of her successful progress through her previous four years of study for a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree, which she has completed and is now embarking upon her Honours degree.
Her results have been outstanding throughout; consistently achieving High Distinctions. Elise has been an excellent recipient; constantly keeping in touch with the Foundation and providing fulsome and interesting reports on her progress.
Foundation secretary Anne Hornsey read out an email received from Ben Weichert (2017 Jim Bettison Scholar) who is currently in Latvia undertaking a robot-building project with students from all over the world.
Ben had some good advice for young people setting out on their journeys following school.
"I've been asked to encourage those starting out to 'aim high'," he said.
"I have found through my own journey that if you really want to succeed, you should 'aim true' - that is, be true to yourself and what you would really like to achieve - not be necessarily following the lure of money, or doing what your parents may think you would like to do.
"Greatness, money and satisfaction will come with time and dedication but the required amount of these can only be invested in something you care enough about. Aim for what you're passionate about, find a way to hit that target dead centre and you'll do phenomenal things".
Ms Masters spoke highly of the work of the Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation and its support of Kapunda High School students.
"The successful outcomes achieved by many former students had been made possible by the funding and personal support given by Centenary Foundation committee members."
In his closing remarks, 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.