Fifteen of Hume City’s brightest young legal minds have been recognised as part of the Victorian Bar Foundation’s Student Achievement Awards.
Each of the award winners, from a variety of Hume secondary schools, received $1000 from the Foundation and $500 from Hume City Council.
Victorian Bar Foundation Chairman, The Honourable Justice Digby paid tribute to the students at a ceremony at the Richard Griffith Law Library in Melbourne.
The Foundation encourages students considering a career in the law, emphasising the Victorian Bar is open to all based on merit, irrespective of socio-economic circumstances, ethnic background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.
Mayor of Hume Councillor Carly Moore said Council welcomed the opportunity to work with the Victorian Bar and celebrate local academic excellence.
“The students should feel very proud of what they have been able to achieve - it is a reminder that success requires hard work,” Cr Moore said.
“All of the recipients have demonstrated positive values, including respect, collaboration, and willingness to engage - these are skills everyone interested in a career in law must have.
“These students will be the future leaders, thinkers and employees in our community; we are so proud of everything they have achieved.”
“Providing pathways for, and working with, the next generation of legal minds is inspiring,” said Victorian Bar President Dr Matt Collins AM QC.
“With 40 per cent of Hume’s 200,000 residents speaking a language other than English, it is important that students can see the intellectual curiosity and diversity within our profession, which is represented by the more than 37 languages spoken among the Victorian Bar membership,” he said.
To be eligible for the awards, students had to be enrolled in a secondary college in Hume City, have the highest grades in units 1 and 2 of Legal Studies, be currently undertaking units 3 and 4 and demonstrate consistent academic excellence in Year 11.
The Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award winners :