Churchie’s internationally focused academic environment ensures that graduates are well placed to seek and secure opportunities at the world’s best universities. Two graduates from the class of 2016, Noah Milbourne and Alexander Jeremijenko, embody Churchie’s focus on a well-balanced education in an international setting.
Both Noah and Alexander will commence study at top Ivy League universities in the United States. In July 2017, Alexander will commence a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics and Mathematics, at Yale University while Noah will commence a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Mathematics at Brown University. Coincidentally, they will be just 100 miles from each other in the neighbouring states of Connecticut and Rhode Island in northeast USA.
The offer to study at two of the world’s best universities acknowledges of Noah’s and Alexander’s commitment to, and success in, a broad range of activities both in and out of the classroom. They are outstanding young men who seized opportunities to excel in academic, co-curricular and community service pursuits, graduating from Churchie and moving confidently into the global community.
In his senior year, Alexander was Prefect of the School, Captain of Boats, and a member of the First VIII rowing crew. He will row in the 2017 Queensland Youth Eight at the Australian Rowing Championships and maintains a goal to represent Australia in rowing at the forthcoming World Rowing Championships in Lithuania. In addition to his leadership and co-curricular commitments, Alexander excelled academically, achieving Year 12 Academic Colours. At Speech Night, he was awarded the C E Elliott Rhodes Scholarship Award for Outstanding Academic and All-Round Excellence, as the Proxime Accessit.
Alexander stated that studying at an Ivy League university allows him access to a phenomenal education and professional network unrivalled in today’s world. He noted that Yale will offer ‘the framework that could involve me extensively with incredible people, both staff and fellow students—people who could lift me up academically as well as behaviourally, through fierce competition and productive collaboration.’ Alexander is also hoping to pursue studies in Chinese Mandarin.
Noah, too, applied himself successfully across a range of pursuits during his time at Churchie. He was very active in GPS Chess and Football and deeply involved in community service and the spiritual life at Churchie, organising key fundraising events, participating in the Sony Foundation Holiday Camp, the Samoa Service Tour and being House Vice-Captain Spiritual of Casey House. Noah also excelled academically, receiving at Speech Night an Academic Excellence Award, Year 12 Academic Colours and the Canon Morris Memorial Prize for Service to the School through its Spiritual Life.
For Noah, Brown University offers more than just a world-class education and resources. He is looking for a ‘broad college experience where academic, social and extra-curricular life are integrated and almost all students live on campus in an intellectually-driven community.’
Both Noah and Alexander are the recipients of the Churchie Foundation’s Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys.
In congratulating Noah and Alexander on their achievements, Churchie acknowledges the dedicated teaching, support and encouragement provided by our teaching staff and, of course, our strong partnership with parents.
Churchie is incredibly proud of Alexander and Noah’s achievements and wishes them every success in their travels and studies.