This year's Menzies Centenary Prize-winner, Andrew King, had a special medal presentation when he went back to visit his old school last week and give the students of Dimboola Memorial Secondary College (DMSC) a taste of life at Mannix College at Monash University.
The young engineering student had his medallion presented by the eldest grandson of Sir Robert Menzies, Alec Menzies, who made the trip out to the Wimmera as part of the celebrations to acknowledge his family's contribution to the region.
The VIP guest stepped in to represent the Menzies Memorial Scholars' Association and present the medal to Andrew.
During his speech to his former school mates at DMSC, Andrew thanked the Foundation and the Scholars' Association for the prize and spoke of his recent trip to Sydney as part of the annual awards presentation.
"Also tonight I would like to sincerely thank the Menzies Foundation for their assistance with my study in the form of the Menzies Centenary Prize, which is assisting me to live on campus.
"I attended the official presentation of this award in Sydney last month, and one of the key things I remember from the evening is the incredibly high calibre of postgraduate scholars who were welcomed into the Menzies Foundation family.
"To have been in a room and spoken with people who have done so well and who have such incredible ideas to help people was an enlightening experience," Andrew said.
Photo of Alec Menzies and Andrew King, courtesy of the Dimboola Courier.