Graduation day at WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin was the culmination of two years’ work for the 45 students who celebrated the successful completion of their secondary schooling.

The day on Friday, November 16, brought together family and friends from farming areas around the state and from the city. The presentation of awards started in the morning and was followed by addresses and presentation of certificates in the afternoon.

Students from York and surrounding districts who graduated from the college this year included: Bradley Davies, Nickalos Emin and Jayden Humphrey (York); Justin Fox, Phillip James, Troy Watson, Jesse Gilles and Glenn Smith (Northam); James and Andrew Veitch and Jessica Hayes (Quairading) and Adam Smith (Beverley).

Principal, Paul Scholes, said the day marked a time when as young adults, the graduates had to start making decisions for themselves.

“You are leaving a very controlled environment and are now in control. “Putting your life in the hands of fate is not a good idea. “Not all your decisions will be right, but you must make them in good faith. “Reflect on your mistakes and learn from them,” he told them.

Among the guests at the ceremony were the former college principal and current manager of agricultural education, Geoff Moyle, and the man he replaced in the DETWA central office, Garry Fischer.

Mr Moyle told the gathering that this was his 18th graduation day at the college and it was a pleasure to witness the success of the students. “The trophies on display here are evidence of a year well done,” he said. The trophies included runner up in the farm skills competition, first in the fencing competition and first overall in the competition for agricultural schools and colleges at the Perth Royal Show.

Guest of honour, Garry Fischer, paid tribute to the staff and parents who supported and worked tirelessly for the college. Mr Fischer said he’d initially been reluctant to accept the invitation to speak because he couldn’t think of anything useful to say. However, after a little reflection he decided he did have something to say after all.

“You are well equipped to leave here and move ahead in life. “If you commit to a set of realistic goals you will have a fulfilling life.  “Your goals will change as you move forward, but that is ok. “Keep up your training and you will have a competitive edge,” he said.

In her valedictory speech, 2007 head girl, Megan Huckstep from Beacon, said the two years at Cunderdin had gone in a flash. “We have all gained from the experience. “There was a wide range of opportunities to learn and these have provided strong foundations for us to build on in the future. “Life at the college was unique and enjoyable and there was a great team spirit. “The college is second to none,” she concluded.

Award winners for 2007 were:
Dux, Megan Huckstep; Runner up to Dux, Nickalos Emin; Most Improved, Farm Workshop Award, senior science, Lance Screaigh;  VET award and Neville Munns scholarship, Troy Watson; Best All Rounder and SWBL award, Justin Fox; ADF Leadership Scholarship and Building Construction Award, Liam Green; Citizenship Award, Jordan Button; Butchershop, Steven Kett; Beef Production, Agribusiness Mathematics, English 2A & 2B and Plant Production and Marketing, Megan Huckstep; English 1C & 1D, Phillip Machin; Modelling with Mathematics, Trent Cosgrove;

Sheep and Wool Production and Runner up Sports Person of the Year, Glen Smith; Pig Production, Megan Spark; Grain Production, Animal Production and Marketing and Management and Marketing, Nickalos Emin; Most Enthusiastic Sports Person, Andrew Veitch; Sportsperson of the Year, Stewart Avery; Automotives, James Veitch; Engineering Production, Jayden Humphrey; Furnishing, Jessica Hayes.

Year 11 students who received scholarships were Anna Lloyd, Ashley Van Leeuwen and Cameron Doncon. Head students for 2008 are Ashley Van Leeuwen and Cameron Doncon.

Lindsay McNeill


WEBPHOTO: Principal of WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin, Paul Scholes, delivers his address at the graduation ceremony with guests, Garry Fischer and Geoff Moyle on stage.

After receiving his graduation certificate Bradley Davies (York) with his parents Terry and Robyn and grandmother, Josie Luelf;

York graduate and winner of the engineering production award, Jayden Humphrey, with parents Greg and Sofia and grandmother Betty;

Runner up dux and multiple award winner, Nickalos Emin (York) with father Derek, grandfather Jim, grandmother Zuki and mother Sharon at the Cunderdin Graduation Day.

Jessica Hayes (Quairading) receives the furniture award from head of D & T, Stephen Prangnell.

Jason Hill (Meckering) receives his graduation certificate from guest of honour, Garry Fischer.