Ebony Turton will experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of walking in the footsteps of World War I soldiers.
The Glenwood High School student was selected to join a group that will tour battlefields in France and Belgium as part of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.
“I was so excited when I won. It was such a shock,” the year 9 student said. “I’m ready to take it all in and enjoy it.”
Ebony, 15, is one of 20 high school students from NSW who submitted essays on the Anzac spirit to win a place on the 13-day tour.
She submitted a power point presentation exploring the effect of the Great War on women.
“I thought it would be interesting because I am a young woman and I wanted to look at how things have changed from then to now,” Ebony said.
“I spoke about women on the battle front but also women at home during World War I.
“I tried to cover a wide range in my power point. The women did so much that people don’t know about and didn’t receive any recognition for it.”
Minister for Veteran Affairs David Elliott and representatives from the Department of Education and the Office for Veterans Affairs selected the 20 schools via a ballot earlier this year.
Each school selected the successful applicant through a school selection committee.
They will travel to Flanders in Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 2018 and other significant Australian battlefields including the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele and the Somme.
Mr Elliott said the journey would be something the students would draw upon the rest of their lives.
“The scholarship is a fantastic program which enables high school students to further their education by visiting key historic battlefields in France and Belgium where Australian Diggers forged the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elliott said.
“This is a life-changing educational opportunity not just for the 20 winning students, but for their peers and teachers, who will be able to draw from the first-hand learning experience of the Anzac scholars when they return to their classrooms.”