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Decade Award

The Kelso High Campus Decade Award

This award publicly recognises students who have completed their secondary education at Kelso High, and gone on to achieve outstanding success or have excelled in their chosen field.

The criteria for the Award are: education at Kelso High, having graduated at least 10 years ago, and having shown outstanding achievement.

The recipients of the Kelso High Campus Decade Award have been:

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 1997 – ALISON FRANKS – ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Alison Franks

Graduated 1986 and Dux.

Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours), Sydney Uni, 1987-1990

Research, Department of Biochemistry, Sydney Uni, 1991

Doctor of Philosophy, Sydney Uni, 1992–1995

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Molecular Science, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, USA, 1996

 

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 1997 – ANTHONY STOCKMAN – CAREER / BUSINESS

Anthony Stockman

Graduated 1982 and School Captain

Completed Electrical Trades Course with Honours, 1985

NSW Apprentice of the Year, 1986

Started own business, AJS Electrical Contracting, 1992

Recognised for his pursuit of excellence in apprentice training, 1993-2011

2BS Bathurst Macquarie Rotary Bathurst Business Award in the Building Services Category, 2005

Rookie of the Year in Kidney Kar Rally, 2007

Group Training Australia ‘Host Employer of the Year’ for outstanding employment of apprentices, 2008

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 1998 – DEREK WALKER – CAREER / BUSINESS

Derek Walker

Graduated 1988

UNSW Co-op Scholarship 1989

Winner Ben Lexcen Sporting Scholarship, UNSW, 1989–1992

$20 000 Nescafe Big Break Award in Science & Technology – inventor of FLY disc wheel used in cycling and triathlons, 1992

Judge Nescafe Big Break Award. 1993-1996

Developer of new prosthetic technology

 

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 1999 – EMMA LESLIE – HUMANITARIAN WORK

Emma LeslieGraduated 1989

Bachelor of Arts (History, English, Politics), ANU Canberra, 1992

Co-founder, ACTION International Network, 1993 to present

Working With Conflict Certificate, United Kingdom, 1996

Master of Development Studies, Deakin Uni, 2000

1000 Women for Peace – Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize, 2005

Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia, 2007 to present

International author, adviser, consultant, evaluator, tutor, researcher and advocate for Peace

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2000 – ELIZABETH RAPLEY – GENETIC RESEARCH

Elizabeth Rapley

Graduated 1985

Bachelor of Science 1st class Honours in Human Genetics Sydney Uni 1991

PhD in Human Molecular Genetics 1996

Research Scientist, Cancer Genetics Institute, Surrey, England – identifying and mapping genes in cancer tumors

 

 

 

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2001 – KATE SMITH  – ENTERTAINMENT / ACTRESS

Kate Smith

Graduated 1990

Bachelor of Arts (Communications: Theatre Media) Honours, Charles Sturt University

Created theatre company Red Roar 1995

One Woman show sell out at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Edinburgh Comedy Festivals, 1998

Wrote, directed & performed ‘Bsharp’ to sell-out crowds at Belvoir Theatre, 1999

8 part comedy series ‘Kate and Julia’ on Foxtel

Roles on All Saints, Totally Full Frontal, Recovery, State of Play, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream and numerous commercials

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2002 – RACHEL HURFORD – PR & EVENT MANAGEMENT

Rachel HurfordSchool Captain and Graduated 1989

Bachelor of Arts (Communications: Public Relations), University of Canberra, 1993

PR and media for Sydney Festival, Carnivale, Susie Maroney’s Channel crossing

Event Management – Royal Easter Show

Event Manager, Royal Botanic Gardens – OpenAir Cinema, Homebake Music Festival Tropfest Shortfilm Festival, Millennium Celebrations, 2000 Sydney Olympics – Triathlon, Torch Relay, Closing Ceremony Celebrations

Started own company Tonique Management – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Homebake, Centenary of Federation

Arts and Events Manager for Australia Day Council of NSW, since 2002 – organising Big Day Out

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2003 – ROSS ANDERSON – INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT

Ross Anderson

Graduated 1992

Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Canberra, 1995

Bachelor of Architecture, 1st Class Honours, Canberra University, 1995

Master of Philosophy in Architectural History, Cambridge University, 2000.

Lecturer in Architecture, Canberra University

Moved to Germany to join team of world renowned architect Andrew Libeskind – working on winning proposal to replace the Twin Towers in New York

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2004 – JONATHAN HEASMAN – AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER

Jonathan Heasman

Graduated 1991

Bachelor of Engineering, Honours, Aerospace Engineering, UNSW, 1998

Warwick Slade Royal Aeronautical Society Prize for Final Year Design Project, 1998

Engineer and Project Manager supporting Eurofighter Typhoon jetfighter, 1998-2001

BAE Chairman’s Award for CAD Innovation, 1999

Process Implementation Leader in USA for Boeing 787 product build, 2001-2010

Certificate Project Management, University of Washington, 2004

MBA, University of Melbourne, 2010

Management Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2011

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2005 – GAVIN COLES – US PGA GOLFING PROFESSIONAL

Gavin Coles

Graduated 1986

Qualified Australian PGA 1993

1st PGA Tour victory, Jacobs Creek Open 2002

Debut in US 2nd tier PGA – 13th, earning $US189 000, qualifying for US PGA circuit

5th Australian Open, and lost play-off in Australian Masters, 2003

Won NZ Open, 3rd on Australian Order of Merit, 2004

Participated in US Nationwide/ PGA circuit since

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2006 – JANELLE LINDSAY – PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST, OAM 

Janelle Lindsay

School Captain and Graduated 1994

NSW Full Contact Karate Champion 1990-1993

Minister’s Award for Academic and Sporting Excellence 1993

Inaugural Jack Aubin Bathurst Rotary Young Citizen of the Year 1994

Majored in Asian Studies and Economics, ANU Canberra, 2000

Australian Cycling Championships – 2 Gold, 2 Silver and World Record as Pilot in Tandem Cycling

Athens Paralympics – Gold Medal and World Record 200m Sprint and Bronze Medal 1km Time Trial

Order of Australia Medal, 2005

Gold Medal, World Cup, England, 2006

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2007 – ANDREW LONGHURST – PSYCHOLOGIST & COUNSELLOR

Andrew Longhurst

Graduated 1992

Western Region Band

Bathurst Community raised $130 000 to send Andrew to England for a life saving operation, 1989

NSW Children’s Week Award – Young Person’s Category, 1990

Social Science Psychology Degree, CSU, 1996

Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 1998

Living skills educator, Employment Consultant and Community Worker in Disability Services, 1999 to present

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2008 – CHRISTOPHER HATHERLY – ADVENTURER, AUTHOR, FILM DIRECTOR

Christopher Hatherly

Graduated 1996

National Finalist Tournament of Minds, 1992

Australian Science Forum, 1995

Rode around Australia, 20 000km, 1997

Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year 1997

London to Beijing, by bike, 16 months, 1999

Off The Rails – ABC documentary. Won 5 film festival awards, 2002

Co-authored ‘Off the Rails’ book. Awarded Australian Geographic Society Adventurer of the Year Medallion, 2003

Silk Road by bike – Istanbul to Hong Kong, 2004

Bachelor Science, Psychology, 1st Class Honours, ANU Canberra, 2005

PhD in Psychology ANU, funded by NRMA, 2009

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2009 – TOIREASA GALLAGHER – WORLD CHAMPION, PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST

Toireasa Gallagher

Graduated 1998

Devro Junior Sportsperson Award 1996 and 1998

1996 -NSW Country Cyclist of Year

1997 – 7th in World Championships

1999 – NSW Champion 24km Point score race

2000 – Professional contract in Netherlands

2001 – Bronze Medal Oceania championships

Gold Medal Paralympics World Championship, pilot for Tandem Sprint

Bathurst Senior Sportsperson of the Year 2002 and 2004

2003 – 5 medals European Cycling Championships

2004 – 2 Silver Medals Athens Paralympics

2005 – Tandem World Record 1 Hour race

2006 – Gold Medal & Wold Champions, Pursuit & Road Race, Switzerland; NSW Road Time Trial Champion; Athlete With a Disability Cyclist of the year Award as pilot for Lindy Hua

2007 – 8 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals in Arafura games and State and National Championships; nomination for Australian Cyclist of Year

2008 – Silver in Individual Pursuit & Bronze in 1km Time Trial Beijing Paralympics

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2010 – ASHLEY BLAND – ENVIRONMENTALIST, AUTHOR

Ashley Bland

School Captain and Graduated 1990

Won State Poetry Competition 1988

Bachelor Engineering (Natural Resources), Honours, Armidale University, 1994

First ever Environmental Officer in Mining Industry

Regional Manager Conservation Volunteers Australia, 2001-2006

Co-authored ‘Awkward News for Greenies and Everyone Else’, 2009

Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Program 2009–2011

Project Manager, Flannery centre – $7 million green skills and sustainability training centre in Bathurst, 2010–2012

Speaking Australia wide at Climate Change Adaption Forums

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2011 – KATE VAN DOORE – LAWYER / HUMANITARIAN WORK

Kate Van Doore

Graduated 1998

Bachelor of Law (Honours) / Bachelor of Modern Asian and International Studies, Griffith University, 2004

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Ethics; Master of Law, Griffith University, 2005

Lecturer in Law, Griffith University, 2004 to present

Lawyer with Commonwealth Ombudsman, 2004

Began Forgetmenot Children’s Home, Nepal, 2005

Griffith Law School Nominee for Qld Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year, 2009

Began Forgetmenot Children’s Home, Uganda, 2010

Telstra Women in Business Award nominee, 2010

Marie Claire Young Business Women’s Award nominee, 2010

https://theconversation.com/the-business-of-orphanages-where-do-orphans-come-from-38485

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2012 – MARK EVERS – CORPORATE / OLYMPIC MANAGEMENT

Mark Evers

Graduated 1994

Bachelor of Engineering – 1st Class Honours, University of Sydney, 1995-1999

BHP Billiton, Chemical Engineering Cadet, 1995-1999

Consultant, Braxton / Deloitte 2001

Senior Consultant (Corporate Strategy), Australia, NZ, Asia, Braxton / Deloitte, 2003

Transport for London, Director, 2008

Transport for London, Director of Games Transport, 2010-2012

Advisor: 2014 Winter Olympics (Russia), 2016 Rio Olympics, 2022 Qatar Football World Cup

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2013 – TOBY FINLAYSON – FOUNDER DESERT PEA MEDIA

Toby Finlayson

Graduated 2000

Trained with Makhampom Foundation, Thailand, 2003

Bachelor of Arts (Communications: Theatre Media), Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, 2004

Founder, Artistic Director, Strategist, Project Coordinator and Head Facilitator – Desert Pea Media, 2002 to present

Sunera Foundation, Sri Lanka, 2004

Award winning film and music video maker

Teacher, director, actor, performer, musician, artist

Working in and with remote communities, 2002 to present

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

 

KHC DECADE AWARD 2014 – TOM WILSON – AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, WEST BANK, RAMALLAH

Tom2Graduated KHS 1997

Bachelor of Arts/Law (Honours), Macquarie Uni, 2003

Trainee Diplomat, DFAT, 2004

Studies Arabic, University of Jordan, Amman, 2005

2nd Secretary, Australian Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2009

DFAT Legal & Human Resources Department, 2010

Australian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, West Bank, Ramallah, 2013