Burnie High School

Liam receives Anzac honour

TRIP AHEAD:  Burnie High School's Liam Grieve is a recipient of the Frank MacDonald Prize.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Burnie High School student Liam Grieve is a recipient of the 2014-15 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.

Liam is one of six Tasmanian students who are recipients of the prize who will have the unique experience of walking in the footsteps of fallen soldiers for the centenary of World War I next year.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is named in honour of Tasmania's last surviving World War I veteran.

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said the prize played "a vital role in ensuring our young remember the stories of our old, and gain an understanding of the Anzac spirit."

Since the first competition in 2003, the year when Mr MacDonald died at the age of 107, more than 55 Tasmanian students have taken part in a study tour of the Western Front in France and Belgium taking in many of the areas where Mr MacDonald served.

Thousands more Tasmanian students who entered the competition have discovered more about Tasmania's military history and the spirit of those who left our shores for the war effort to protect those they were leaving behind.

"Taking students to the battlegrounds of Europe provides an educational experience that no classroom could provide and is something they will always remember," Mr Rockliff said.

The study tour group will also include Terry Roe, representing the Returned and Services League; Adam Brooks, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade; and two officers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet as tour leaders.

Liam will be accompanied on the trip by the other winners Jenna Carmichael, of Sacred Heart College; Alice Curtain, of Ogilvie High School; Lilah Gmelig, of Ogilvie High School; Jacoba Sayers, of Rose Bay High School and Olivia Toohey, of Calvin Christian School.

Story Courtesy of The Advocate.