Port Stephens Legacy Group has congratulated Tomaree High School student Dan Vu on her academic success with an award and financial assistance.
Miss Vu was Dux of her year and achieved the highest Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), 96.55, during the 2018 Higher School Certificate.
To recognise Miss Vu's success, Port Stephens Legacy Group chairman Doug Jacka presented her with the Alan Hudson OAM and Bart Richardson OAM Certificate of Achievement.
“The passing of two of our original founders, Legatees Alan Hudson OAM and Bart Richardson OAM, in 2017 prompted PSLG to honour the two men’s service to the community by naming this prestigious achievement award after them,” said Mr Jacka.
"Both men were veterans of World War II. Having been involved in Legacy for many years, they transferred to the fledgling Port Stephens Legacy Group in 1988 with Alan being the inaugural Chairman.
"They were highly regarded throughout the Port Stephens region and as mentors and leaders by those Legatees who followed in their footsteps.”
Miss Vu, who is now studying economics as well as a number of other courses at the University of Sydney, also received a cheque to assist in meeting the costs associated with her further studies.
Legacy aims to help families of former servicemen, raising funds to do so.
In the Nelson Bay, Fingal Bay, Salamander Bay, Shoal Bay and Tilligerry Peninsula areas, Port Stephens Legacy Group assists nearly 245 widows and children.
Most are elderly ladies, Mr Jacka said, but there is now a need to help families of servicemen and women that have been involved in more recent hostilities and peace-keeping operations in Borneo, Malaya, Indonesia, Somalia, The Solomon Islands, Rwanda, Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
“We are most grateful for the support we continually receive from Tomaree High School, its students and staff,” said Mr Jacka.
“For many years we have been delighted to have had the invaluable, cheerful and very willing assistance of many young men and women from the school during our fund-raising badge days in the various shopping centres around the Bays.
"The school also has been generous in making the facilities of the Tomaree Education Centre available for our band concert held annually as entertainment for our widows and supporters.
“The education achievement Award goes some way towards showing our appreciation to Tomaree High School."