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27 November 2017

WA student wins National History Challenge

A Western Australian student has won the Australian Wartime Experiences category of the National History Challenge (NHC).

Huda Mustafa Zaidi, a Year 7 student from Perth Modern School, was today presented with the Australian Wartime Experiences special category award for her presentation on Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It is the second year in a row the award has been won by a Western Australian student.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Huda was also awarded the Year 7 Western Australia Young Historian of the Year.

“The Judges noted that Huda had taken the theme—Making a better world?—and applied it to a controversial topic with great sensitivity,” Mr Tehan said.

“She demonstrated a mature awareness of the research process to produce her model, presenting a well-balanced, well-referenced account of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

“As a nation it’s important that we reflect on our wartime experiences and understand how they have shaped modern Australia.

“It’s important to instill in younger Australians an appreciation and respect for our wartime history.

“The NHC encourages school children across the country to learn more about Australia’s past, including the significance of military history in our society.”

The History Teachers’ Association of Australia administers the NHC with support from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in cooperation with the Australian War Memorial, sponsoring the Australian Wartime Experiences special category.

More than 700 primary and high schools from across Australia participated in this year’s competition. More information can be found on the National History Challenge website.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.