Brisbane State High School presented two prestigious Year 12 awards at its 2019 Graduation Ceremony.

Honouring a former Executive Principal, the ‘David Sutton Award for All-Round Excellence’ celebrates academic excellence, service to the school community and extra-curricular involvement. The 2019 winner, Esandi Kalugalage, excelled in all subjects in Year 11 and 12. She contributed greatly to Dance Troupes, Vocal Ensembles and QGSSSA Badminton, and Co-Captained and coached Debating. In Year 11, Esandi was a Peer Supporter and a Mentor in the City Cluster Leadership Program and, in Year 12, demonstrated exceptional leadership as a Prefect. In 2019, Esandi was selected in Queensland’s team for the Evatt Model United Nations National Finals and won the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM Education. Esandi said, “State High has given me endless opportunities that have shaped my mindset and goals for the future.” This year, she plans to study Engineering.

State High’s most prestigious award — the ‘Dux of the School’ — was awarded to Madeleine Orr. Madeleine received 11 awards at the 2019 Awards Ceremony, including awards for Academic Excellence; Senior Excellent Effort and Behaviour; Senior Academic Excellence; as well as Year 12 Senior Subject Awards for English, English Extension, French, Mathematics A, Modern History, and Philosophy and Reason. She also won the Elek International Affairs Award for Humanities and Languages and the Award for Citizenship — Colin Mason Trophy. Madeleine said, “This year, I plan to study Linguistics, Philosophy and History in a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Queensland. I’m also looking forward to expanding my knowledge of French with a Diploma of Language.” Congratulations to these young people on their extraordinary achievements.

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