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College Principal today announced Year 12 student Michael Willcox as the school’s recipient of the 2017 Caltex Best All Rounder Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious secondary school prizes.

Michael joins a select group of secondary students around Australia who have received a Caltex Best All Rounder Award for excellence in their studies, on the sports field and for their work in the community.

Michael was presented the award for achievement in:

  • Attitude
  • Personal conduct
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Sport
  • Arts

Throughout Michael’s time at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, he has applied himself to all facets of school life. Michael represented the school in 2015 as part of the Year 10 Interschool Cricket Team. He has completed five Impact Projects over the three years of Graduate Program. Michael has been an integral member of the WSSC Kool Skools Band – composing, arranging and recording songs every year, two of which are on a compilation album. In 2015, Michael participated in the production of a film for the CSU Environmental Sustainability Film Festival. In 2015, Michael organised a buffet for students and teachers, which featured foods from different cultures. He also helped organise activities such as African drumming, Students vs Teachers Soccer Match, Indigenous paintings and guest speakers for Multicultural Day.

Michael has represented WSSC at the Albury/Wodonga Eisteddfod as part of a Rock Band, which gained Highly Commended in 2016 and 3rd place in 2017. He has also assisted backstage at the Wodonga Arts Festival in 2016-2017 on audio and lighting. Michael has participated in Instrumental Music learning the drums for the three years he has attended WSSC. He has also had his media work featured in the 2016 Kaleidoscope Art Exhibition. During the last three years, Michael has been a Year 10 Student Leadership Council Leader, a School Vice-Captain and in 2017 was appointed Music Captain where he organised many lunchtime music concerts. In 2016, Michael was a committee Member for the Red Carpet Youth Awards in Wodonga. At the 2016 Valedictory Evening, Michael volunteered his time as a stagehand. Michael has also participated in fundraising for Take a Bus to Africa and performed the National Anthem at the 2017 WSSC ANZAC Day Service.

Wodonga Senior Secondary College principal Vern Hilditch said Michael was a worthy recipient of the nationally-recognised award.

“The award recognises Michael’s contribution across several disciplines – he has been a wonderful asset to our school and the wider community, setting a terrific example for others to follow,” Mr Vern Hilditch said.

Caltex Australia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Julian Segal, said the Australian fuel company was proud to have recognised generations of students like Michael since the awards began in 1985.

“I congratulate Michael and wish him well as he moves into the next phase of his life,” Mr Segal said.

“Michael joins an exclusive list of Caltex Best All Rounders to have been recognised over the past three decades.”

The Caltex Best All Rounder Award has been presented to thousands of final-year students around the country across its 32-year history.

As a proud Australian business that’s been part of local communities for more than a century, Caltex seeks to acknowledge the all-round contribution that each student makes to their schools and communities, their leadership abilities and the good example they set for others.

Past winners include children’s show actor Emma Watkins (the current ‘Yellow Wiggle’) from The McDonald College in Sydney, and frisbee world-champion Adrian Gepp (PhD) from Faith Lutheran College in Tanunda, South Australia.


For further information, please visit www.caltexbestallrounder.com.au

For further information, please contact:

Brydie Hind
Year 12 Coordinator
Wodonga Senior Secondary College
80 Brockley Street, Wodonga, VIC 3690
Ph: (02) 6043 7500
Email: hib@wssc.vic.edu.au


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