Interest in history lands Jarrod prestigious award

Cooma student Jarrod Sopniewski is one of 20 students across NSW to win a prestigious Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

As part of the scholarship, the Monaro High School student has received an all expenses paid trip to Korea next year to visit significant battle sites associated with the Anzac tradition with nine other students selected from across the state.

The scholarship is aimed at ensuring the Anzac story remains a living part of our history and is awarded to students with a interest and involvement in the Anzac tradition.

Sopniewski, 16, said he was "really excited and surprised" to be awarded the scholarship.

"[I am looking forward to] going overseas for the first time and experiencing a different culture first hand," he said.

The trip will take place in April next year for about two weeks.

Earlier this year a group of 10 students were selected to travel to the Western Front.

Sopniewski said he has had a strong interest in history from a young age.

"[My interest is] mainly in World War II and all Australian conflict," he said.

"My grandfather came to Australia after World War II.

"I've always had an interest in history."

He has marched in the local Anzac day ceremony since primary school and joined the band in year 5.

Now in year 10, he has helped organise the school's Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Sopniewski's history teacher Jan Sandercoe said the school was thrilled for him.

"Academically he is one of our top students and this is really well deserved," she said.

The scholarship program has been running since 2008.

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