A Shepparton High School graduate has earned a Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation award worth $45,000 across three years to help with the cost of his university studies.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS May 1, 2014 4:06am
Education assistance: Shepparton High School graduate Hussain Alamein earned a Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation award to help with his university study costs.
Hussain Alamein felt nervous and slightly out of place when he began Year 7 at Shepparton High School in 2008.
He said the transition into secondary school was difficult after arriving in Shepparton from Iraq with his parents and three brothers six years earlier.
‘‘When I started school, I fell into the wrong crowd,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a difficult transition for me, but I was able to overcome it.’’
Mr Alamein, 18, decided to throw himself into academic life and leadership roles within the school.
He became a Year 10 Beacon ambassador and was voted school captain.
After graduating last year, he achieved an ATAR high enough to secure him a place in Melbourne University’s undergraduate biomedicine course.
On Tuesday, he returned to his former school stomping ground to be presented with a Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation award worth $45
The aspiring surgeon was one of four scholarship recipients chosen from more than 200 applicants across Victoria.
‘‘I feel very happy — I can’t really describe it more than that,’’ he said.
‘‘My advice to students would be to work hard from the beginning and study hard and it will all work out.’’
Shepparton High School principal Phil Squire said Mr Alamein was a dedicated student and proved himself as a voice for cultural diversity.
‘‘He has been a strong voice speaking on behalf on non-English speaking refugees in school forums,’’ he said.
‘‘Like all adolescents, he had some challenges in his early school, but he got himself focused from Year 9 onwards.
‘‘He worked hard to achieve outstanding results and we’re absolutely rapt for him.’’
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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