Emily Frey wrote her essay for the ANZAC Youth Scholarship in a day but will spend two weeks touring World War One and World War Two’s significant places as one of the scholarship’s six recipients.
The year 10 student at Quakers Hill High School wasn’t deterred when she found out that entries closed the day after she was made aware of the scholarship, which asked applicants to submit a minimum of 1000 words on why the Centenary of Anzac was important for modern Australia.
‘‘I wrote about the leadership, the courage and the bravery shown by the Anzacs,’’ she said.
‘‘There were no personal stories but I discussed World War One — just the courage [of soldiers] and how brutal it was. The amount of sacrifice they showed was massive.
‘‘I guess they didn’t really know what they were heading into. They hadn’t had many experiences before that of fighting as one country together under the same constitution, so that was a big turning point.
‘‘In World War Two they had the experience of one to look back on.’’
Emily found out her words had won on August 25, two days before she turned 16.
‘‘When I found out I was so excited,’’ she said.
‘‘I cried I was so happy. I’m really looking forward to seeing Flanders Fields.’’
The tour coincides with Remembrance Day and includes a visit to Gallipoli, the Somme and the Palace of Versailles in France, Ypres in Belgium, and the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph Parade at Whitehall and Winston Churchill’s War Rooms in London.
The group will also attend a Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey and keep comprehensive diaries of their tour experiences.
Read Emily’s essay here soon.