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Megan Lock wins WS Degaris Award.

Lock, Megan

Megan Lock

by Belinda Elton 5 THE FM  newsonline                                                                                                                                                                                                         Editor S Lowe 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The W.S. Degaris Memorial Award is given to the student who displays exceptional academic achievement throughout the school year. It is presented, on behalf of the Degaris family, by Principal John Shelton to the recipient each year. This year’s winner for 2013 is Megan Lock.

Megan is the daughter of Kevin & Karen Lock of Kalangadoo.  She attended Kalangadoo Primary School, and went to Millicent High for her secondary education. She said when she began High she knew nobody but was always made very welcome.

 One of the highlights of her five years at Millicent High School has been studying Japanese. Although, the school does not offer this subject, they were very supportive of her desire to study a language other than English. Megan started to study Japanese at the Victorian School of Languages through distance education in 2010 and has continued it all the way through to do Year 12 this year.  Through the community mentoring program Megan was paired with a Japanese speaker, Fernanda Ikeda. Megan was an exchange student last year and she went to Japan for 2 months over the Christmas holidays 2012.

This year, Megan studied Specialist Mathematics through the WREN local delivery network. Outside the classroom Megan been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Whether it is sporting, academic, artistic or social, she have been involved in everything from knockout sport and whole school musicals to SRC and maths quiz nights.

Megan said” It’s an honour to be chosen for such a prestigious award and certainly something which would not happen without the help of some amazing people. I would like to thank my parents and family for always believing in me and encouraging me to do my best and reach my goals. I would also like to thank my friends for making my school life so much fun and for all the memories I will keep forever.”

Megan said she wanted  to thank all of her teachers, both this year and in previous years, for their expertise, guidance and inspiration.

Megan ambitions are to become a teacher and teach Japanese.

Megan made her acceptance available to 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

‘Firstly, I would like to thank the DeGaris family for their generous and continued sponsorship of this award. I would also like to thank Mr Shelton for kindly presenting the award this evening. It is an honour to be chosen for such a prestigious award and certainly something which would not happen without the help of some amazing people. I would like to thank my parents and family for always believing in me and encouraging me to do my best and reach my goals. I would also like to thank my friends for making my school life so much fun and for all the memories I will keep forever.

I would like to thank all of my teachers, both this year and in previous years, for their expertise, guidance and inspiration. This school is very lucky to have so many dedicated teachers.

When I started at Millicent High School, I literally knew nobody but I have always felt very welcome. I would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers, students and parents at the school for their friendly chats and for making Millicent High School such a great community to be a part of.

One of the highlights of my five years at Millicent High School has been studying Japanese. Although, the school does not offer this subject, they were very supportive of my desire to study a language other than English. The school helped me to organise tutoring through another high school, assisted with transport to lessons and supplied me with the resources I required. When that fell through, we had to get even more creative. A quick google and we found that the Victorian School of Languages offered Japanese through distance education so I started that course in 2010 and have continued it all the way through to do Year 12 Japanese this year. The school continued to be supportive giving me the time and resources I needed. Through the community mentoring program I was paired with a Japanese speaker, Fernanda Ikeda, and I would like to thank her for her immense and continuous support.

This year, I studied Specialist Mathematics through the WREN local delivery network. For those of you not familiar with WREN, it is a partnership between four local high schools to deliver specialist Year 12 subjects through a two-hour group lesson each week. Again, the school supported my study by suppling me with resources, time and on-site teacher support.

Outside the classroom I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Whether it is sporting, academic, artistic or social, I have been involved in everything from knockout sport and whole school musicals to SRC and maths quiz nights. There is always something happening at the school and we as a community should be proud of the quantity and quality of opportunities available. For a school of our size we punch well above our weight in a variety of sports. To hold a whole school production every two years is an amazing feat, considering many schools of double the size only manage the same. In Science and Mathematics competitions we often achieve great results despite again only having a small number of students in each event. Furthermore, participating in these sorts of activities gives back to the school and the wider community and ensures the same opportunities will be available to the next group of students.

Wherever your interests and talents lie, the opportunities exist. But don’t expect someone to ask you to be involved. Sometimes you have to go looking for the opportunities. Sometimes you have to be brave enough to put your hand up for it. Sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new. You never know you might discover a skill you never thought you had.

And sometimes the opportunities won’t be obvious. They may not lie in our town, our region, our state or even our country. Sometimes you have to be creative, do your own research or ask the question. And in my experience at Millicent High School, when you approach a staff member with an idea, often the response is: “OK, where do we start?” An attitude I have always found very encouraging.

In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote by American actor and comedian Milton Berle, who said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Thank you.’

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