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BGS student named 2023 Young Historian of the Year
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Congratulations to Year 12 student Isaac Robinson who has been named 2023 Young Historian of the Year in the National History Challenge. 

The premier competition of the History Teachers’ Association of Australia, the National History Challenge is a research-based competition that invites students from all year levels to work as historians, researching world and Australian history through an inquiry-based method.  

This year’s competition drew more than 6,500 students from more than 700 schools, the highest number since before COVID-19. 

Under this year’s theme of ‘Change and Continuity’, Isaac was awarded the title for his outstanding essay and video presentation on 'The Collapse of the USSR'. Using a variety of historians' perspectives, images, and statistics, Isaac’s imaginative submission sparked a compelling discussion on the collapse of the Soviet Union.  

“Isaac’s entry encapsulated insightful reflections that were well substantiated with historical evidence of the changes sought by Mikhail Gorbachev in this momentous era,” says Ms Susan du Rand, Head of History at BGS. 

“This award is well-deserved recognition for Isaac’s exceptional dedication to historical inquiry.” 

Isaac received the award from the Hon. Matt Keough MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs at Parliament House in Canberra, on Monday 27 November. 

Well done to the following BGS students who were named overall winners for Queensland in either year level or special categories in the 2023 National History Challenge: Edward Gracey (Year 12), Angus Ellerman (Year 11), Aiden Xiao (Year 11), Thomas Kelly (Year 11), Benjamin Li (Year 10) and Jeffrey Yu (Year 7). 

Photo Credit: Steve Keough Photography 

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