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2021 University Honours Dinner

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News | 29 Mar 2021
St John’s College was Proud to Celebrate the Achievements of our Community at our annual University Honours Dinner
On Monday 22 March 2021, St John’s College was proud to celebrate the 2020 academic and collegiate achievements of our current students and alumni at our annual University Honours Dinner. The College was thrilled to welcome The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Ms Belinda Hutchinson AC, as our guest of honour and celebrate our community’s achievements in her presence.  
The John’s spirit was tangible at the event with everyone in attendance uproariously celebrating those who were recognised – one thing you can always count on at St John’s is camaraderie! More than simply providing university accommodation, St John’s College is a true community where we take great pleasure in gathering to celebrate the achievements of our students. 
The College medal and endowed prize honourees were as follows: 
College medals 
  • The Judith Williams Trophy for Leadership and Community Service by a Female Resident was awarded to Jenny Wang. Jenny was awarded this prize as she is steadfast and authentic leader beyond her years who positively influences College culture to create long-term community impact. This resonates with both students and staff, and is evidenced in her roles as academic tutor and Resident Assistant and in her participation in Intercollegiate life at the University of Sydney.   
  • The William Bede Dalley Medal for Leadership was awarded to Xavier LynchXavier exemplifies the values of a servant leader. He is motivating and inspiring and consistently goes above and beyond in his behind-the-scenes contributions to College life, on campus experience, and intercollegiate activities at the University of Sydney. Xavier was elected Palladian Secretary for 2020 and (most unusually) was re-elected to this role for 2021, to popular acclaim. Through his role as Food Secretary in 2020, Xavier supported the College through the complexities of continuing Formal Dinners in a COVID world.   
  • The Countess Eileen Freehill Medal for Academic Excellence was awarded to Alicia Wong. Alicia is an exceptional academic scholar, currently completing a double degree in Science and Medicine at the University of Sydney. Despite the unprecedented challenges faced in the past year, Alicia has achieved an annual average mark of 95.5 and is an outstanding role model within the College and wider University of Sydney community.    
  • The John Flood Nagle Medal for Contribution to College Life was awarded to Max Heywood. Max is an all-rounder and emerging leader recognised for his unwavering dedication, loyalty and compassion among his peers within our co-ed residential community. During Leader’s Week and Welcome Week, Max displayed a level of maturity that positively impacted on his peers, and the broader on campus experience of St John’s College.  
  • The Richard St John Honner Medal for Contribution to Men’s Sports was awarded to Liam WongLiam is a team player demonstrating sportsmanship both on and off the field, representing St John’s College in athletics, basketball, cricket, and soccer, while maintaining an outstanding academic record at the University of Sydney.  
  • The College Medal for Contribution to Women’s Sports was awarded to Alexandra de SantiAlexandra has demonstrated excellence through her representation of St John’s College in athletics, swimming, and tennis, in addition to her charitable endeavours in support of her fellow residents 
  • The College Medal for service to Academic Life was awarded to Alumnus Damian GriffinFor many years Damian has been an invaluable asset to the College’s academic tutorials, particularly in the discipline of mathematics. He has shown an innovative approach to engaging students during the pandemic, utilising technology to ensure ongoing support and outreach for all students – even when they were unable to utilise our accommodation
  • The College Medal for service to Cultural Life was awarded to Kate Pickard.  Kate exemplifies the qualities of commitment, integrity and strength. In 2020 she was a Resident Assistant who actively participated in soccer, hockey, tennis, group Instrumental and dance.  As House President in 2021, Kate’s infectious passion and love for the College means that she is continuously striving for the best, not only for herself but also for her fellow students.     
Endowed Prizes 
  • The John George Dalley Prize for Proficiency in Any Subject was endowed by Mrs M.A. Dalley in 1921 in memory of her son, John George Dalley. The 2021 recipient was Annie Sun 
  • The Higgins Prize for History (1930) is awarded to a student with the best result in a first year History subject at the University of Sydney. The 2021 recipient was Robert Carter. 
  • The John D’Arcy Prize for Excellence in English was established in 1962 by friends of John D’Arcy and is awarded to a student who is demonstrating excellence in English at the University of Sydney. The 2021 recipient was Margaret Li 
  • The Meurer Prize for Excellence in First Year was established in 1993 by Mrs Frances Burcher on behalf of her late brother, Fr Meurer, and is awarded to a student who demonstrated academic and collegiate excellence in their first year at the University of Sydney. The 2021 recipient was Thomas Neaverson 
  • The Bannerman Prize for First Year Chemistry (1994) is in memory of John Patrick Bannerman who was a student at the College from 1988 to 1992 and is awarded to a student with the best result in a first year Chemistry subject at the University of Sydney. The 2021 recipient was Max Heywood 
  • The Peace Stone Prize (1995) was established through the generous donations of the Shuyodan Hoseikai Foundation and is awarded to the student who wins the Peace Stone Essay Competition. The 2021 essay prompt was “‘Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding’ – Albert Einstein. Can world peace be achieved by understanding? Discuss.”. The winning essay author and the 2021 recipient of this prize was Julian Edwards. Julian’s winning essay can be found here.
On the evening we were also pleased to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of our alumni. In 2020, the College is aware of sixteen members of the broader St John’s community who graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney – one of which who attained the University Medal for Economics! 
The 2020 Honours graduates are as follows:  
Honours Class I and the University Medal 
  • Lochlan Halloway – Bachelor of Economics (Honours) 
Honours Class I 
  • Zheng (Jake) Chen – Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) 
  • Margaret Coles – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) 
  • Antony Gao – Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) 
  • Grace Greenhalgh – Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness (Honours) 
  • Callum Houlahan – Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) 
  • Josephine Nicholas – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) 
  • Miranda Phillips – Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours) 
  • Frederick (Tiger) Yang – Bachelor of Science (Honours)  
Honours Class II 
  • Jordan Black – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical Engineering) 
  • Lachlan Condon – Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness (Honours) 
  • George Derrick – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical Engineering) 
  • Lily Elliot – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) 
  • Lara Fisher – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) 
  • Lewis Oswald – Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness (Honours) 
  • Anthony Solari – Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) 
Towards the end of the evening, Ms Hutchinson AC addressed the College and congratulated both the students honoured at the Dinner and every other student on their academic achievements, emphasising that simply “getting through” amid the chaos of 2020 was a monumental achievement. 
She commended the College on celebrating 20 Years of Women Students in 2021 and pointed to the current gender ratio of the College as an example of the strides that have be made in gender equality. She emphasised, however, that while we as a society should be proud of and celebrate the progress that have been made to date, there is still further progress to be made on the path to true gender equality.
The College would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Chancellor for attending this event and addressing the College community. Her address was thought-provoking and insightful, and her warmth and kindness are matched only by her prolific professional achievements.  
St John’s College was thrilled to celebrate the 2020 academic achievements of our community and would like to thank everyone who was in attendance!  
Click here to see a gallery of images from the event Click here to see the program from the event. 




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