Scholar Profiles

  • Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2017
  • Keely Newham
    Keely Newham
    Keely Newham
    Degree:Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies - Bachelor of International Studies
    Institution:University of Wollongong

    Keely completed Year 12 at Lithgow High School in 2016 and was the girl School Captain. She was involved in a number of other leadership activities during her time at Lithgow High School.

    At her graduation, Keely received the Phil Duncan Award for overall achievement as well as a number of 1st in Course Awards for individual subjects. She was awarded a School Blue Award for hockey, represented the school and the district in hockey and played in the Combined High Schools Western Area hockey team.

    Keely had participated in a number of other sports both for the school and for the Lithgow district. She was also heavily involved in cultural activities both at school where she played major roles in the school plays, as well as in the Lithgow Theatre Group.

    She enjoys public speaking and debating and was a member of the Premier’s Debating Competition team in 2016.

    Keely plans to complete her studies and is interested in working overseas to assist disadvantaged countries through the United Nations or bringing awareness to world issues with skills gained in her communication and media studies.

  • Max Arkley-Smith
    Max Arkley-Smith
    Max Arkley-Smith
    Degree:Bachelor of Science and Business
    Institution:University of NSW

    Max completed Year 12 at Lithgow High School in 2016 and was the boy School Captain. Throughout his high school years, he held a number of other leadership roles at the school.

    He received many awards for his academic achievements, including the Blue Mountains Law Society Award for outstanding results in Legal Studies in Year 11 and several Principal’s Awards.

    Max was a member of the school debating team for 3 years and a member of the Mock Trial team in 2015. He also performed lead roles in the school musicals and was a member of a school band. A natural sportsman, he participated in several school and district sporting teams in rugby league, soccer, hockey, basketball and martial arts.

    He is a member of the Army Reserve and is committed to the responsibilities that come with that.

    Max is keen to combine his studies of science and business to open up a range of career paths. Eventually he would like to establish a career where he can make a positive impact and serve people, through innovation and learning as an entrepreneur, inventor or scientist.

  • Hoskins Lithgow Scholar 2016
  • Emma Jeffery
    Emma Jeffery
    Emma Jeffery
    Degree:Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    Institution:Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

    Emma attended Lithgow High School until Year 9 in 2005. At that time she was experiencing personal difficulties which led to depression.

    In 2007, Emma enrolled at Lithgow TAFE to complete the Certificate in General Vocational Education (Year 10 equivalent). Although she was hospitalised a number of times which had a major impact on the time available for study, and despite battling low self-esteem and lack of self-belief, Emma clung to her goal of going to University.

    She decided she had nothing to lose, so chose to try and break free from the depression that had been disrupting her education. She was surprised and delighted when she managed to achieve very good results which motivated her to continue her education.

    Emma took a few years break to spend time with her two young children, before returning to Lithgow TAFE in 2013 to continue her studies. Her children were a major part of her motivation to continue her education and pursue her dream of becoming a paramedic.

    She completed her Tertiary Preparation Certificate (Year 12 equivalent) over a 2 year period in 2013/2014 at Lithgow TAFE where she topped her class, achieving an excellent ATAR. She applied for and was accepted into the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) at Charles Sturt University where she commenced her studies in 2015.

    Her goals and aspirations are to graduate successfully from her course and to pursue a worthy career that will benefit the local Lithgow community, hoping to be able to make a difference to people’s lives and health when they need it the most. Emma has the advantage of first-hand experience as a patient, understanding many of the worries and fears that patients may encounter.

    Emma has also been involved in a number of community activities in Lithgow and is a volunteer member of the SES. Most recently she has joined the Lithgow Volunteer Rescue Association where she is training to become a first responder in the event of a callout.

    As a mother of two young children, Emma studied part-time during 2016 before taking on a full-time load in 2017.  She aspires to be a positive role model for her children and to show them that everyone has the potential to be anything they want if they are willing to apply themselves, work hard and educate themselves.

    Emma believes that education was, and still is, a major factor in giving her the courage to speak about her experiences and to become a confident, happy young woman who has a very positive future.

  • Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2015
  • Matthew Burnett
    Matthew Burnett
    Matthew Burnett
    Degree:Bachelor of Architectural Studies
    Institution:University of New South Wales

    Matthew completed Year 12 at Lithgow High School in 2014 and was awarded Dux of the school.

    At his graduation, he received the LJ Hooker Award for Academic Excellence, the University of Newcastle Award for Academic Excellence, the Thales Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics, Science and Technology, the University of Notre Dame Australia Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physics, the ADF Award for Leadership and Teamwork, as well as various Course Awards and Commendation Certificates in the subjects that he undertook.

    Matthew was involved in many extra-curricular activities including open soccer, cricket, and tennis teams and was a member of the 50th Anniversary @ Pau St organising committee. As an active member of the school’s leadership group for 4 years, he was a reading tutor, Positive Behaviour for Learning monitor, regularly assisted with school assemblies and was part of the community fundraising team.

    He is a talented artist and has set up his own website to showcase specifically his photography. Through his art work, he was selected during Year 11 to attend a workshop at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. His major work for Visual Arts, a self-portrait painting titled “eMErgence”, was selected for the 2014 Artexpress exhibition.

    In 2016, Matthew was selected to attend an Intensive Architecture Workshop in Venice, Italy for 3 weeks. This gave him the opportunity to learn from some of the world's best architects.

    When he has completed his studies, Matthew is interested in establishing his reputation in both rural and urban environments which would offer him a variety of work in the architecture field, including domestic, commercial and industrial design work.

  • Hannah Muir
    Hannah Muir
    Hannah Muir
    Degree:Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    Institution:University of Western Sydney

    Hannah completed her HSC at Lithgow High School in 2014 where she was joint School Captain.

    As a member of the leadership team in 2014, Hannah was involved in the selection and training of the future leadership team and was involved in the design of a leadership handbook which will assist all future leadership teams. She was also a member of the school’s Press Club which produced the commemorative year book on the school’s 50th Anniversary @ Pau St.

    At her school graduation ceremony, Hannah received the Principal’s commendation for outstanding attendance and the Reuben F Scarf Award for outstanding commitment, which is given as recognition for consistent effort and a desire to improve. Hannah has represented the school in debating and has taken part in school musicals and various fundraising activities. Her main sport is Taekwondo which she has been doing since Year 2. She has a black belt and has participated in local, state and national competitions. She has also been involved in highland dancing for many years and takes part in highland dancing displays and at the Lithgow Highland Ball.

    Hannah is studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Sydney (Campbelltown Campus). When she has completed her studies, she would like to return to the Lithgow area as her family and many of her friends are there.

  • Hoskins Lithgow Scholar 2014
  • Bridget Cama
    Bridget Cama
    Bridget Cama
    Degree:Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Human Resources Management) / Bachelor of Laws
    Institution:University of New South Wales

    Bridget completed Year 12 at Lithgow High School in 2013 and was elected Girl Vice-Captain.

    Being of aboriginal descent, Bridget is passionate about connecting Aboriginal youth with their culture. She has been a member of the Sista Speak Programme, mentoring younger female students at Lithgow High School. She has also been a junior member of the Lithgow Aboriginal Consultative Education Group.

    As well as achieving the highest HSC mark at the school, she was involved in many extra-curricular activities, including music, debating, mock trials, and basketball. She was awarded a Nanga Mai Award in 2013 recognising her outstanding contribution to the school as an Aboriginal student.

    A very talented musician, Bridget has been involved in many performances both at school and with the Lithgow Musical Society and has won a number of awards. As well as singing and playing the piano, Bridget has written several songs including "Together we Stand" which she wrote for the signing of the local partnership between Lithgow High School and the local Aboriginal Consultative Education Group.

    The Department of Education and Training selected Bridget to join their Talent Development Programme which involved her travelling to Sydney for 2 days each month to participate in workshops, performances and master classes with artists from the music and entertainment industry.

    The Australia Day Council named Bridget as Lithgow's Young Citizen of the Year for 2014.

    When she has completed her studies, Bridget hopes to become involved in social justice and policy. She would like to become a leader, an inspiration and a role model for others with similar backgrounds.

  • Hoskins Lithgow Scholar 2013
  • Jessica Dick
    Jessica Dick
    Jessica Dick
    Degree:Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
    Institution:University of Newcastle

    Jessica completed Year 12 at Lithgow High School in 2012 and was School Captain.

    At her graduation, she received the L J Hooker award for Academic Excellence, The Barry F Cosier Award for Outstanding Results in Mathematics, The University of Newcastle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the Thales Australia Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

    She was also the Lithgow High School Joint Senior Girls Swimming Champion and for 8 years was involved in swimming with the Lithgow Swimming Club – both competing and volunteering as a Learn to Swim instructor. In another sporting field, Jessica has been a successful team member with the Lithgow Workmen's Club Hockey Association since 2001.

    Jessica was a student of dancing for a number of years while at school and worked as an assistant teacher at a local dance school.

    She has also learnt piano and singing and taught herself to play the guitar. She has worked as a piano teacher at a local music school has performed regularly at local restaurants and other functions, both as a solo acoustic entertainer and as part of a duo. Jessica currently performs most weekends as a vocalist in a band popular throughout the central west.

    Jessica completed her Radiography degree in 2015 having achieved outstanding results in both the academic and practical aspects of her course. In 2015, she was accepted into the Health and Medicine Scholars Program at the University of Newcastle for her outstanding results. She completed her practical training in Bathurst and is now permanently employed in the region.

    Jessica plans to continue with further study in modalities of medical imaging, and intends to complete a postgraduate degree in Sonography. Her goal is to use her qualifications and training to be able to make a positive difference to people’s health outcomes within the local region.

  • Joint Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2012
  • Keira Nightingale
    Keira Nightingale
    Keira Nightingale
    Degree:Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Bachelor of Education / (Secondary)
    Institution:University of NSW

    Keira completed her HSC at La Salle Academy in 2011 where she was school captain in her final year.

    She has been involved with dancing for over 14 years. As well as being an accomplished dancer herself, Keira teaches dancing and choreographs routines for performances by her students who range from small children to adults. She is currently working towards a junior teacher qualification.

    She has been very involved in netball for over 12 years as a player and is a nationally qualified umpire and 1st level qualified coach.

    Keira also plays the clarinet and toured with the school to New Zealand in 2009. She was selected in the International Symphony Orchestra and Choir which reached the finals in the Lithgow Cultural Awards Group Section.

    In 2015, Keira completed her studies at the University of NSW and completed a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education in 2016. Having become passionate about sign language communication, she also intends to complete an AUSLAN Diploma which will enable her to become a sign language accredited interpreter.

    At the beginning of 2017, Keira was delighted to begin her teaching career with a Sydney high school which counts among its students a high percentage of refugee and other students with non-English speaking backgrounds.

    Keira's goal is eventually to open her own Dance Academy with a special focus on teaching children with disabilities.

  • Madalyn Cooper
    Madalyn Cooper
    Madalyn Cooper
    Degree:Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Hons I)
    Institution: The University of Sydney

    Madalyn attended Lithgow High School, completing her HSC in 2011. She was a school prefect and was involved in the school's Student Representative Council for a number of years.

    Madalyn was awarded the prestigious Caltex Best All Rounder Award for Lithgow High School in 2011. This award recognises participation and excellence in academic, leadership, sporting and community services activities.

    In 2011, she was also awarded the Pierre de Coubertin award for Lithgow High School in recognition of her achievements in sport. Madalyn was involved in hockey, basketball, volleyball and touch football. She was the Captain of the school hockey team which won the CHS hockey championships in 2010 and 2011. She was selected in (and captained) the NSW Bushrangers Hockey team which travelled to South Africa one year and South America the next year.

    In 2015, Madalyn completed her degree with First Class Honours. She was also awarded the University Medal and the Dean’s List Award. Her Honours research focused on genetics and molecular diagnostics of an important lethal disease that is infectious to humans, wildlife and domestic animals. From this work, she has published two scientific peer-reviewed papers.Madalyn also presented her Honours work at the annual joint Australia & New Zealand Society for Parasitology conference in Auckland, New Zealand in June 2015.

    During her degree, Madalyn was involved with research and conservation of sharks in South Africa. Since graduating, Madalyn spent more time working and contributing to shark research in South Africa, before returning to Australia at the beginning of 2017 to start her PhD at James Cook University in Townsville. Her PhD is entitled "Global survey of critically endangered sawfishes using environmental DNA (eDNA)"

    She plans to continue in academia and to contribute to the conservation of animals.

  • Joint Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2011
  • Regina Featherstone
    Regina Featherstone
    Regina Featherstone
    Degree:Bachelor of Arts-Media / Bachelor of Laws
    Institution:Macquarie University

    Regina completed Year 12 in 2010 at La Salle Academy, where she was School Captain and the recipient for her year of the only full academic scholarship for Years 11 and 12. She was senior captain of the debating and chess teams and involved in music, speech and drama, as well as a number of fundraising activities at the school.

    She would like to work with government or non-government organisations to assist developing nations.

    Regina completed her degrees in 2016. In 2017 she accepted a position with the Fair Work Ombudsman working in the area of overseas/refugee worker complaints.

  • Katie Ritchie
    Katie Ritchie
    Katie Ritchie
    Degree:Bachelor of Education (Secondary, Humanities) / Bachelor of Arts
    Institution:University of Sydney

    Katie commenced her double degree course at the University of Sydney in 2009, having graduated from La Salle Academy at the end of 2008. While at school,she was captain of the debating team for her last two years at school and also a House Captain and school leader. Katie was the school swimming captain and champion and also competed in netball, hockey and triathlon at State representative level for Catholic schools. She was very involved in the Lithgow Swimming Club and worked with children there in a volunteer capacity as a swimming instructor.

    Her passion for teaching started there, and she has spent several years working as a teacher of History, English and Humanities in a high school in Western Sydney for the Department of Education. She is passionate about regional and disadvantaged education, and hopes to continue to bring her skills to regional areas in the future.

  • Joint Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2010
  • Emily Roberts
    Emily Roberts
    Emily Roberts
    Degree:Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    Institution:Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga campus)

    Emily won a scholarship to attend Blue Mountains Grammar School for the last two years of her schooling. She completed her HSC there in 2005 and was Dux of the school.

    She completed a double degree in Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Science with honours in 2011. The scholarship assisted her to fund the last 18 months of her course while, in addition to her study, she was required to complete a number of practical placements throughout the state.

    Emily was invited to present her honours project at the annual veterinary conference in Adelaide in May 2011.

    She intends to gain experience in general veterinary practice before achieving her ultimate goal of specialising in equine veterinary practice in a rural area.

  • Ainsley Savage
    Ainsley Savage
    Ainsley Savage
    Degree:Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business (majoring in Industrial Relations and Human Resources)
    Institution:Griffith University (Gold Coast campus)

    Ainsley left La Salle Academy in 2005, having been involved in school sports, the school's mentoring program and various fundraising activities. On leaving school, she deferred university for a year and worked at Centennial Coal at the Angus Place Colliery while she completed a Certificate III in Business Administration.

    She completed her studies in 2012 with Honours in Law and is gaining experience with a legal firm at Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast.

    Ainsley would like to return to a mining community where she is keen to promote the rights of individuals, hoping to ensure that jobs will be available in the future to help keep small communities alive. She has been inspired by her work at Centennial Coal and by her late grandfather, Jack Savage, who played a significant role in the union movement around the local coal mines.

  • Rhiannon Walding
    Rhiannon Walding
    Rhiannon Walding
    Degree:Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts
    Institution:University of Newcastle

    Rhiannon left Lithgow High School in 2009. She was joint Vice Captain of the school and held a number of leadership positions throughout her high school years.

    She has taught guitar, banjo and piano in Lithgow. Rhiannon was involved in school soccer and is also a Level 1 soccer coach and a Class 3 Provisional Referee. She has been a volunteer tutor for infants and primary aged children at the Lithgow Homework Centre as well as being a tireless and successful fundraiser for MS.

    Rhiannon completed her degrees in 2013. She is now very happy to be back in Lithgow and teaching in the area.

  • Joint Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2009
  • Alexandra Legge
    Alexandra Legge
    Alexandra Legge
    Degree:Bachelor of Medicine
    Institution:University of Newcastle

    Alexandra attended The Scots School, Bathurst, where in her last year in 2005, she was the school Vice Captain and Dux of the school. She is a keen sportswoman and has played sport for her school and for Bathurst at district, regional and state levels - tennis, hockey, soccer, swimming and water polo. She has also obtained her AMEB Grade 6 violin certificate.

    Alexandra completed her degree in Medicine at the University of Newcastle at the end of 2012 and completed her internship in Newcastle in January 2015. She then moved to Sydney to commence training in Paediatrics at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. She is keen to specialise in children’s health and work in a rural area as she sees the need for these services particularly in rural areas.

  • Melissa Smith
    Melissa Smith
    Melissa Smith
    Degree:Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine
    Institution:University of NSW

    Melissa attended La Salle Academy finishing in 2006. She was School Captain and Dux of the school. Outside school, Melissa also represented Lithgow in swimming competitions throughout the State and was Captain of the Lithgow Swimming Club from 2003-2005. She taught swimming as part of a voluntary program run by the Club.

    Melissa completed a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of NSW in 2013 and commenced her internship on the Central Coast in January 2014. She aims to specialise in paediatrics and started specialty training at John Hunter Hospital in 2017.

  • Joint Hoskins Lithgow Scholars 2008
  • Victor Rufus
    Victor Rufus
    Victor Rufus
    Degree:Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science
    Institution:Australian National University, Canberra

    Victor completed his HSC at Lithgow High School in 2006, achieving his AMusA in the same year. During 2007, he worked to save for his university course. He was selected by the Mitchell Conservatorium to teach there during that year.

    He plays both guitar and trombone and won a number of competitions and eisteddfods throughout his school career.

    In 2011, the ANU nominated Victor to study at Bonn University, Germany as part of the Student Mobility Exchange program where he was able to combine his physics and music studies.

    Victor graduated with Honours in Music in 2012 and was awarded a grant from the ANU to record an album in 2013.

    Although the funding from the scholarship ended in 2011, he completed his Honours in Science and used his music to support himself while he completed his studies. He plays in a number of ensembles and bands at various venues around Canberra.

    Victor aims to continue his teaching and musical career, possibly in the Lithgow region.

  • Daniel Simpson
    Daniel Simpson
    Daniel Simpson
    Degree:Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    Institution:Charles Sturt University (Bathurst campus)

    Daniel completed his HSC in 2007 at Lithgow High School. He was joint school captain and spent four years as a member of the Lithgow Youth council - an advisory body which liaises with Council on the needs of the youth of Lithgow. He also coached a local junior soccer team for four years and played the game himself.

    He had his heart set on being a paramedic from an early age, having been inspired by the desire to help a friend who suffered with a medical condition. Prior to completing school, he had already acquired considerable experience in the field. Daniel has been a St John Ambulance volunteer since 2005 and obtained a number of advanced paramedical qualifications prior to commencing university.

    In 2009, Daniel was selected to participate in an international exchange program and studied for a semester in Canada at Trent University. In 2011, he was involved in a short-term rural health program in India and gained considerable insight into the Indian health care model.

    Daniel completed his degrees in 2011 and is now qualified as a Registered Nurse and a Paramedic - both much needed resources in the community. In 2012 he commenced his career as a registered nurse at a major Sydney hospital and joined the Ambulance Service of NSW as a paramedic in March 2013. He is continuing his studies part-time at Charles Sturt University, having enrolled in the Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management) course.

  • Hoskins Lithgow Scholar 2006-2007
  • Kate Purcell
    Kate Purcell
    Kate Purcell
    Degree:(Graduate) Bachelor of Laws
    Institution:University of New South Wales

    Kate completed her HSC in 1999 at Lithgow High School and was accepted into Macquarie University to study Arts/Law. She left having gained her Arts degree only, as she was having difficulty financing her studies.

    The award of the Hoskins Lithgow Scholarship, enabled to her to complete her law degree at the University of New South Wales where she gained outstanding results and was awarded the University Medal in Law.

    While studying at UNSW, Kate was selected to work as a volunteer for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Canberra. In 2007, she was selected to participate in the China Model United Nations conference in Harbin, China. She co-authored a paper on refugee law for the Australian Yearbook on International Law in the same year.

    Since completing her law degree, Kate has continued her studies in England, no longer with the assistance of the Hoskins Scholarship. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to study a BCL at Oxford University. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University in 2013, with the support of a Cambridge Trusts Poynton Scholarship and the St John's College JC Hall Scholarship in Law. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.

    Kate would like to pursue a career in public international law. She would be proud to work in the local community at Lithgow should the opportunity arise.

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