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Old Collegians’ Awards

St John’s Anglican College recognised and celebrated the outstanding achievements of its Old Collegian community at the 2021 Awards Breakfast on Thursday 22 July.

Three Old Collegians’ were awarded for their success in the workplace, academia and dedicated commitment to their professional field  at this event with attending Old Collegians, current and past staff, and St John’s Year 12 cohort.  .

We congratulate the 2021 Old Collegians Award winners:

Old Collegian of the Year, Principal’s Award – Chace Eldridge (Class of 2017)

Academic Excellence Award – Truc Le (Class of 2016)

Excellence in the Workplace – Cameron Aavik (Class of 2014)

Our winners come from a diverse range of disciplines and professions. Our Old Collegian of the Year – Principal’s Award was awarded to Chace Eldridge. The opportunity to become a Commercial Pilot within the Qantas Group Pilot Academy arose in 2018 with Chace thrilled to be accepted with the experiences he would gain and the adventures of future job prospects.

Chace was the first in his class to achieve his Commercial Pilot’s Licence with a Multi-Engine and Instrumental Rating. On top of Chace’s study, he was selected as the recipient of the HC Brinsmead Scholarship, a $4000 scholarship provided by the Archerfield Airport Corporation that funds an aviation student’s flying training.

As his passion for aviation continues to grow, Chace has accepted the role of Coordinator for the Griffith Aviation Mentoring Program and has partnered with a colleague in organising a virtual aviation conference in September where they aim to connect with 500+ student aviators within the industry to assist in their development.

Chace Eldridge will also be the first to be inducted into our Old Collegian of the Year Wall of Fame at St John’s Secondary Campus. St John’s is proud to celebrate the successes of its alumni community and this honour will seek to inspire and motivate our current students.

Truc Le winner of the Academic Excellence Award is currently on the path to completing her dual Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (honours, chemical) and Science (genetics) at UQ.

Together with being a passionate volunteer at UQ Space and The Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Truc has been involved in the launch of the 6 inch airframe as well as being selected as a summer research scholar in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at UQ.   As Truc navigates her way to finish her degree, she has considered many career paths, as well as the opportunity and offers to continue researching at UQ.

Excellence in the workplace winner Cameron Aavik knew Software Engineering was in his future during his time at St John’s. After landing a once in a lifetime opportunity as a Software Engineer at Microsoft in Redmond Seattle in 2019 Cameron was thrilled to partake in the new tab page for the Edge browser, and the widgets functionality which was recently announced as a primary feature in Windows 11

Cameron’s dedication to his position throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has shown his loyalty and reliability and he will continue to inspire our young students in this growing field of STEM.

A special thanks to Old Collegian Viraj Sashankan Class of 2020 for his role as Master of Ceremonies and Megan Towner (nee Lappeman) Class of 2003 as the guest speaker.

Congratulations to our 2021 award winners and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for our people of influence.   #oldcollegian #peopleofinfluence

For more information and to stay up to date with our alumni community, please visit our Old Collegians’ Facebook Page