The Victorian Bar Foundation and Hume City Council announce the winners of unique legal awards.
Fourteen of the City of Hume’s brightest young students have been recognised by the Victorian Bar for academic excellence in legal studies.
The award winners are from a variety of Hume City secondary schools, and each receives $1,000 from the Victorian Bar Foundation and $500 from the Hume City Council.
The President of the Victorian Bar, Christopher Blanden QC, said “The joint initiative is aimed at encouraging students to pursue a career in the law.”
At the presentation, the Victorian Bar Foundation Chairman, the Honourable Justice John Digby, said “The scholarship program intends to break down social and economic barriers and recognise the potential in young students whatever their background.”
The students will participate in work experience during their school holidays that will include a tour of the Supreme Court of Victoria and briefings from leading barristers.
Mayor of Hume City, Cr Joseph Haweil, said, “Providing pathways for the next generation of legal minds is inspiring, especially among a diverse population such as Hume where half the residents’ first language is not English.”
In announcing the successful students High Court Justice the Honourable Michelle Gordon AC highlighted that, “The students should feel very proud of what they had achieved through their hard work and academic excellence.
I look to these students being our future leaders not only in the law but across society,” Her Honour said.
The Victorian Bar Foundation was established to progress the interests of justice in Victoria and further legal education and training in the community.
The Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award winners for 2021 are:
Renas Demirci – Aitken College
Miah Dear – Craigieburn Secondary College
Reuben Silveira – Gladstone Park Secondary College
Muskaan Kaur Bal – Hume Anglican Grammar
Jodi Bologna – Hume Central Secondary College
Sara Amiri – Ilim College
Nancy Youhana – Kolbe Catholic College
Tina Yang – Mount Ridley College
Julian Daniele – Penola Catholic College
Jeyda Yilmaz – Roxburgh College
Mia Wright – Salesian College
Sumaia Khan – Sirius College
Cassandra Warren – Sunbury College
Eloise Burton – Sunbury Downs College
Picture: 2021 Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award winners with (left to right, front row) Mayor of Hume City, Cr Joseph Haweil, High Court Justice the Honourable Michelle Gordon AC, and Victorian Bar Foundation Chairman, the Honourable Justice John Digby.