Premier’s VCE Awards: Local Students Steal the Show

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08 August 2023

This year marks the 22nd year of the Premier’s VCE Awards, a ceremony that recognises and celebrates students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in VCE.

 This year’s ceremony celebrated many local students including Evie Jones, Mia Zappulla, Emile Loewenguth and Liza Kelly.

  • Evie Jones, St Helena Secondary College, for Health and Human Development
  • Emile Loewenguth, St Helena Secondary College, for Engineering Studies (VCE VET)
  • Liza Kelly, Eltham College, for Global Politics
  • Mia Zappulla, Montmorency Secondary College, for Outdoor and Environmental Studies


Finishing VCE is a huge accomplishment for thousands of students across the state – and we applaud their hard work and dedication as they take the next steps after year 12.

Principal Karen Terry expressed her pride in the achievements of Evie and Emile from St Helena Secondary College, stating “St Helena is so proud of both Evie and Emile for living our college motto “Dare to be Excellent”. Few students are able to have their efforts recognized with this special achievement award, and we are so pleased that both of these young people have reaped the reward of their significant efforts.”

A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards is available at

Quote attributable to Vicki Ward MP, Member for Eltham

“Congratulations to Evie, Emile, Liza and Mia. Your exceptional achievements are a testament to the hard work and dedication to your studies and I can’t wait to see what you all do next.”

Quote attributable to Simon Le Plastrier, Principal at Eltham College

“Liza has been a shining example, for her fellow students, of how hard work and dedication can lead to academic excellence. We are very proud of our entire VCE 2022 student cohort, who completed their senior schooling in very challenging circumstances. Their persistence and success are a continuing source of inspiration.”

Quote attributable to Frances Ibbott, Principal at Montmorency Secondary College

“Mia is an extremely hard-working student, who achieved this outstanding accolade as a year 11 student, accelerating in the VCE Unit 3/4 subject. She is an extremely inquisitive and passionate learner, who asks questions in class that extend the knowledge of everyone in the room.”