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Congratulations to Year 11 students Emma Boogaerdt and Jonathan Israel and Year 10 student Ruisi Chen who have been short listed for the Premier’s ANZAC Tour 2012.

Twenty-three outstanding school students are vying for one of 10 places on the Premier’s 2012 ANZAC Student Tour.

Chosen from 320 secondary students, the 23 finalists will now take part in the next phase of the competition.

The final 10 students will travel to Malaysia next April to learn more about the Australian prisoner of war experience and the tragic story of Sandakan during World War II.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and Borneo which resulted in more than 22,000 Australian soldiers becoming prisoners of war.

Students selected will undertake an educational study tour to the provinces of Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah, attending ANZAC Day commemorations at Sandakan where a POW camp was established in 1942.

In early 1945, the Japanese marched the POWs 260 kilometres to Ranau and only six - all Australians - survived.

Finalists were chosen based on their essay on the topic “From World War I to the Korean
War, many Australians have endured captivity as prisoners of war overseas or civilian internees. Examine the importance of their experiences and stories to Western Australians of today.”

The 23 finalists will now prepare a five minute speech and be interviewed at the State final in October.

Successful applicants will be announced in the lead up to Remembrance Day in November.

Since its inception in 2004, the tour has travelled to France, England, Turkey, Belgium and Greece.
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