Young stars shine

August 09, 2017

Cobram Secondary College students, Ellie Jones and Harry Beasley stepped onto a bigger stage recently.

Cobram Secondary College has certainly become a stepping stone to greater achievements, with two students accelerating their careers recently.

Year 10 student Ellie Jones attended the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York, joining 345 students from around the world to learn about United Nations negotiation processes, culminating in a global summit at UN headquarters in New York.

‘‘My old school, Finley High School gave me the opportunity to go,’’ Ellie said.

‘‘Normally only three or four kids go from Australia.

‘‘We put in a nomination and thought it wasn’t going to come off but it did, in November last year.

‘‘So it was a bit of a mad rush to get me over there.

‘‘I spent one week in Washington DC and one week in New York.’’

Ellie joined 20 young Australians and other students from around the world on her adventure.

‘‘We were learning about global diplomacy and the skills that would be needed to be leaders in today’s society, plus current issues that are arising in society that they are hoping we, as young leaders, will be able to fix and bring into the next wave of leadership,’’ she said.

‘‘We had a lot of students who wanted to become diplomats, lawyers — there were a lot of kids aiming for high places in society.

‘‘I’m looking more at international development or outdoor education.’’

Harry Beasley a Year 9, 188cm tall student, returned from the School Sports Australia carnival held in Perth last week as a member of the premiership winning under-15 boys Victorian football team.

Harry’s efforts during the carnival have also seen him achieve All Australian selection.

Harry’s Victorian team defeated South Australia in the grand final 59-14 and in the selection process that followed, 25 boys were chosen for the All Australian team.

‘‘We went over to the championships in Perth on July 22 and we played WA, NSW, ACT, Tasmania — all the states.

‘‘I played centre half back and fullback.

‘‘The All Australian selectors thought I had a good week and selected me for the All Australian team.

‘‘We were meant to go to New Zealand but that got called off because they couldn’t get the required staff.’’

Despite that setback, Harry expects to go on and represent Australia soon.

The rising star said his father was a role model for him and he started off playing footy in the backyard — and now he has made it on a national level.

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