The final 10 will travel to Malaysia next April to learn more about the lives of Australian service men and women in the region during World War II, the Malayan Emergency (1950–1960) and the Confrontation (1963–1966).
Finalists earned their place by writing essays on Western Australians experiences of war or involvement in peace-keeping operations.
They will now prepare a five minute speech and be interviewed before the winners are announced in the lead up to Remembrance Day in November.
The Department of Education’s Director General Sharyn O’Neill said the competition started with approximately 300 applicants and the 22 finalists all deserved to be congratulated.
“All finalists have put a great deal of effort in to their applications by demonstrating a deep understanding of the experiences of our veterans,” Ms O’Neill said.
“By examining the lives of so many Western Australian men and women who saw service during wartime or peace keeping operations, students have a better understanding of war experiences so foreign to our younger generations.
“I wish all the finalists the best of luck for their chance to participate in this once in a lifetime trip to Malaysia.”
The stories that students researched included those of well known individuals such as Claude Choules (World War I), Jack Wong Sue (World War II) and Ben Roberts-Smith (Afghanistan) and the not so well known like students’ grandparents, great grandparents and local community members.
Since its inception in 2004, students on the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour have travelled to France, England, Turkey, Belgium, Greece and Malaysia.
The 2013 State finalists are:
Student name School
Abe Atip Girrawheen Senior High School
Jonathan Banks Willetton Senior High School
Jacob Baron Willetton Senior High School
Youle Beatty Mazenod College
Jack Caddy Mount Lawley Senior High School
Jessica Cottam Kalamunda Senior High School
Bill Dobbin Nannup District High School
Laney Gould Kalbarri District High School
Lara Graf Mindarie Senior College
Jessica Headley Armadale Senior High School
Jacob Hill Ballajura Community College
Jade Hope-Blyth Katanning Senior High School
Sinead Jameson John Curtin College of the Arts
Harry Kirkland Duncraig Senior High School
Renae Loxton Collie Senior High School
Selene Mah Lynwood Senior High School
Linda Mulenda Mindarie Senior College
Danika Penson Albany Senior High School
Caitlin Reilly Boyup Brook District High School
Hayley Winchcombe Busselton Senior High School
Amber Withers Santa Maria College
Clayton Yeats Bruce Rock District High School
Photo: Mindarie Senior College students Lara Graf and Linda Mulenda.