The achievements of Beaudesert State High School students were celebrated in a ceremony recognising outstanding results in the face of adversity.
The graduating Year 12 students completed their schooling during the two years of a world wide pandemic, adding lockdowns and COVID restrictions to the already stressful final years of school.
Former student and guest speaker, Dr Scott Walker, believes no one knows what they are going to do when they finish Year 12.
He described his journey through a four year physiotherapy degree and, after working as a physiotherapist for one month, realising it was not what he was passionate about.
“Be brave enough to take advantage of opportunities when they do present themselves, but flexible enough to take them even if they weren’t part of the original path,” he said.
He urged the students to surround themselves with people who would support them in ongoing learning in life.
The valedictory speech was given by School Captain Harper Tinsley, who said the years had flown by, but not without leaving lasting memories.
Beaudesert State High School Awards 2021:
Luke Bice, Bethany Cocks, Mason Conelius, Rebecca Fillery, Elyssa Finlay, Samantha Hurley, Lachlan Hurley, Casey Johnston, Caitlin King, Emily Moore, Jorja Morgan, Zane Benstead, Tenaya Cameron, Lorna-May Johns, Lilly Wilcox, Hannah Wilson, Isabella Cahill, Brooklyn-Jade Senhenn.
Regional Director’s Award
Bethany Cocks, Samantha Hurley, Caitlin King, Ruby Payne, Zoey Stewart, Harper Tinsley, Hannah Wilson, Lorna-May Johns, Isabella Cahill.
Instrumental Music Award
Bell Goubaud – Band
Casey Johnston – Strings
Mununjali Award for Academic Achievement – Junior
Mununjali Award for Academic Achievement – Senior
QATSIF Young Indigenous Leader Award
Kaleb Abel and Connor Brooks
The Lion Eddie Atherton Junior Cattle Handling Award
School Based Apprentices and Traineeships – Encouragement Award
School Based Trainee of the Year
School Based Apprentice of the Year
Beaudesert RSL Vocational Education Award
Fleur Enright Memorial Award for Drama
Julia Lane Memorial Trophy and Senior Arts Bursary
Head of House Award
The Les Dahtler Memorial Trophy for Junior Sports Star of the Year Award
Scenic Rim Junior Sports Excellence Mayoral Award
Daniel Daw Memorial Award for School Sportsmanship
Sportswoman of the Year Award
W G Day Memorial Trophy for Sportsman of the Year Award
Scenic Rim Council, Eagle Spirit Award
Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award
Australian Defence Force Future Innovators
Gelita Senior Science Award
The Bryan Durham School Spirit Award
Dr Peter Landsberg Award
The Jim Enright Memorial Trophy and Ampol Award for all round Performance
BSHS P&C Dux of BSHS 2021 and University of Southern Queensland Excellence Award
P&C Bursary for Year 12, 2020 Top Overall ATAR Score