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Four Students Successful in NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars ProgramPosted in Achievements on Friday, 10 May, 2019

Four Mandurah Catholic College students have been successful in their application for the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars Program. Year 11 students Ryan Hannah and Caitlin Murphy and Year 12 students Willow Brewer and Head Prefect Jamie-Anne Madigan have been awarded the scholarship which allows the students to travel to America and spend 14 days learning and growing in two of the United States’ most beautiful protected lands: Yosemite and Olympic National Parks.

Designed to connect youth to nature, sustainability and each other, the Alcoa Scholars program is a unique opportunity. The program has been designed with the intention of developing future environmental leaders, taking students on an amazing journey, backpacking through some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness, while talking, learning and connecting with other students about sustainability and the environment and conducting hand-son science projects. Only 63 high school students from around the world have been selected for the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars Program, which departs in August, so for four students from Mandurah Catholic College to be successful is a wonderful reflection on these students and the work being done at the College.

Ryan first learnt about the scholarship through his brother Liam, who applied and was a successful applicant of the scholarship last year. “I have always wanted to go to America and Yosemite is probably one of the most famous national parks, so I’ve always wanted to go there.” Ryan said, thrilled that his application was successful. “For the application, we had to say how the trip could help you to become a better person and look out for the environment in your area.”

Willow Brewer said, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Alcoa Scholarship and to experience the natural wonders that Yosemite has to offer. I am so grateful for being selected as I think this is going to be such a life changing experience and I’m very keen to meet like-minded people that I can make life long friends with!”

Jamie-Anne Madigan said she was, “so excited, but more so surprised that I got it because I’m not a science student, so I thought my chances were very slim. My application had a focus on the community and involvement and general care for the environment.” Jamie-Anne attributes her success to her attitude: “Like with everything that I do, don’t be afraid to try, because you never know. My attitude that I have developed is ‘Each one reach one, each one teach one’, hopefully I can go on this trip and if I learn all these things, I can come home and share that.”

We wish all of our Mandurah Catholic College representatives a safe and wonderful experience in August.

Hannah, Ryan
Brewer, Willow
Murphy, Caitlin
Madigan, Jamie-Anne