Gala Night to start the Academic Year

The Collegiate Dinner and Awards Evening on Saturday 29 February provided a culmination to a successful and enjoyable O-Week at Aquinas.

Students, staff and guests mingled on the Gleeson Lawns for drinks and canapés before moving into the David Hogarth Dining Room for to enjoy a night of fine food and the opportunity to honour the high achievers and most improved from last semester.

Special guests for the night included Larry Klinger who took out the Aquinas Medal for being Dux for each year of his time at the College, with the extraordinary result of a perfect GPA, having been awarded a HD in every course he did.

A great number of returning Juniors and Seniors were awarded certificates for Distinction and High Distinctions in their courses. 

The Faculty Prize winners were:

Arts: Mitchell Thompson
Business: Austen Kenny
Education: Ceejay Inglis, Mikaela Richardson, Hannah Manning
Engineering: Patrick Klingner
Nursing: Sofie Brassel
Science: Ashleigh Heath
Law: Eva Rouse
Health: Courtney De Barro

Academic Director, Dr Sarah Moller, congratulated all these students, noting another semester of exceptional results.

Other major awardees for the night were:

Mitchell Thompson – the Kennedy Family Prize for top senior student returning to College

Hannah Manning – the Brother Austin Stephens Prize for top junior student returning to College

Courtney De Barro– the Father C.P Finn Prize for top first year student returning to College

The final award of the night went to Brennan Lockwood who was presented with his academic hood, having completed his studies for a Bachelor of Media Arts last year. Brennan – the House Coordinator of Catherine House – has begun to study for his masters.

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