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Tran Siu is doing his best for the West

25 November 2002

Year 12 student Tran Siu's commitment to making a difference for young people has earned him the 2002 VCE Achiever Award.

Tran, who took out the award for his tireless effort in establishing more choices for young people in the community, received the award yesterday at Parliament House.

Tran helped to improve recreational opportunities for young people in the western suburbs through his work with the Brimbank Council Youth Advisory Committee and successfully campaigned for a public basketball facility in the west.

Tran also coaches his school volleyball teams and his community service efforts extend to the West Sunshine Community Centre where he organises activities for people with disabilities each weekend.

Tran is president of the Student Leadership Forum at Sunshine College, manager of a local dance party, deputy state executive for the Victorian Secondary Student Network.

He took out the 2002 Sunshine Lions Club Youth of the Year and was invited to represent Victoria at the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.

Sunshine Senior College principal Gabrielle Keating said Tran demonstrated powerful leadership qualities in which exemplified his commitment to making a difference.

"Tran is a highly motivated student who has a clear sense of where he is going," Ms Keating said.

"Tran has shown enormous initiative in establishing the college Student Leadership Forum and, in working with other students on enterprises and in voluntarily with the Brimbank Youth Advisory Committee to establish

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority chairman Professor Kwong Lee Dow said Tran was a natural leader who

"I think science offers the future for humankind", Tran says. It certainly is the direction that Tran would like to head in, as he is hoping to apply for a combined degree in Commerce / Science next year.

Tran was awarded the major prize of a notebook computer sponsored by IBM Australia Ltd.

"This young man is a credit to his school and community and an inspiration to his peers," says Professor Kwong Lee Dow, Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

The VCE Achiever Awards recognise the effort of VCE students in their school and community through sporting, artistic charity and other activities.

The VCAA supports the VCE Achiever Awards in recognition of the tremendous commitment shown by VCE students who, during an already hectic period of their lives, give back so much to their community. They undertake activities such as helping the elderly, local council projects, protecting the environment, media work, and support to charities.