Perth student named Australia’s best young historian

St Mary's Anglican Girls' School students Lucy Lonnqvist, Alice Ward and Olivia Nolan with Stirling MHR Vince Connelly
St Mary's Anglican Girls' School students Lucy Lonnqvist, Alice Ward and Olivia Nolan with Stirling MHR Vince Connelly

A KARRINYUP school student is Australia’s National Young Historian.

St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School year 10 student Alice Ward won the title at this year’s National History Challenge for her project The East German Doping Scandal.

Alice beat more than 6500 students from across the country to win the top honour and was also named WA Young Historian and winner of the year 10 level and sport categories.

Fellow pupils Olivia Nolan and Lucy Lonnqvist also won national awards, with Olivia awarded best project using primary resources for her submission on Australian Roman Catholic anti-Communist political activist and journalist B. A. Santamaria and Lucy winning the museum exhibit category for her project on the history of the contraceptive pill in Australia.

St Mary’s principal Judith Tudball commended the girls for their achievements.

“We are so proud of Alice, Olivia and Lucy for challenging themselves and succeeding in these prestigious enrichment opportunities,” she said.

Inglewood Primary School students Simon Pocock, Blake Ooi and Vincent Moreau-Barrett won two national awards at the annual competition, the year 5 to 6 and Asia and Australia categories, for Operation Babylift: An Australian-Asian Relationship of People and Power.

Stirling MHR presented the accolades at the awards ceremony in Canberra and congratulated all local students who participated.

“Such a high standard of entries from Stirling not only reflects the efforts of our students, but also the hard work and dedication of their teachers and parents who encourage them to pursue their passion for history and humanities outside the curriculum,” he said.

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