There are 70 chances for students to visit Gallipoli
REGIONAL Queensland students now have the chance to compete for 70 spots to witness the Anzac Day centenary at Gallipoli next year.
Students must submit an original, 2-5 minute multimedia presentation addressing how the Anzac tradition shaped Australia, why it is still important and how future generations will keep the tradition alive.
History experts will help shortlist entries for representatives from the Returned and Services League, the Australian Defence Force and an Anzac descendant to select the 70 student winners.
The extra student places and 10 chaperones, almost double the original allocation, come from the Federal Government's nationwide commitment to send more students.
Premier Campbell Newman said these young Queenslanders would join widows and direct descendants of Anzac soldiers, the veteran community, official representatives and 6000 Australians and 2000 New Zealanders drawn from a ballot, which closed last week.
"I encourage Year 8 to 11 students to enter the competition, which opens on Anzac Day," he said.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek also encouraged students and staff to apply for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"The Premier's Anzac Prize provides an unforgettable educational experience which helps ensure important lessons of the past are learned and that Queenslanders keep the Anzac spirit alive," he said.
"The five 2014 Premier's Anzac Prize winners are already preparing for their two-week journey to the Western Front and Gallipoli to be part of this year's celebrations.
"Queenslanders can follow their journey online as well as read reports and see inspiring tour photos and footage from past winners."
Students and chaperones from regional areas such as Gladstone, Mackay, Toowoomba and Noosa attended the Gallipoli Anzac ceremony in 2013 and others are going this coming April.
Information on how to enter the 2015 Premier's Anzac Prize will become available on http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/index.html closer to Anzac Day.http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/index.html