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The award recognises the outstanding contribution of Indonesian language students at secondary schools in Australia.
Congratulations to Jay Edwards, winner of the inaugural Indonesian Language Student of the Year Award..
Jay Edwards is a Year 11 student at Vincentia High School in NSW, where he has been studying Indonesian since Year 7. Jay will continue to study Bahasa Indonesia in 2014 at year 12 level at his school, and will also study the Indonesian Extension course through the Open High School.
Indonesian language study has been a core activity during Jay’s high school years, but his commitment and enthusiasm goes far beyond that. It is probably fair to say that Indonesian language study and engagement with Indonesia has become an integral part of Jay’s life. This journey probably formally commenced in Year 8, when Jay attended Indonesian Interest class that required him to give up one lunch-time per week. In the last four years, Jay has also participated in the AIA NSW Indonesian writing competition ‘Kompetisi Siswa’ and placed 1st and 2nd.
His Year 10 Work Experience with the Australian Defence Force has reinforced his enthusiasm for the Indonesian language and Jay is eager to continue his Indonesian studies at tertiary level.
In 2013 Jay, with assistance via the Denise Soos Scholarship, also volunteered during his holiday to Bali at BARC (Bali Dog Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre) in Ubud. During this time he also attended intensive language courses with Cinta Bahasa in Bali, demonstrating a desire to continually improve his language learning at every opportunity.Jay’s Indonesian journey highlights that language study is a stimulating and exciting intellectual activity, but far beyond that, a rewarding life skill.