Soldier intrigue kept Skye digging

INTEREST in a Year 10 history assignment has paid off for Skye Seaford, who was presented with a state award for the War and Peace category in the National History Challenge recently.

The Shalom College student continued work on a school assignment on Bundaberg-born World War II prisoner of war Private Ronald Sankowsky, to create her entry for the award.

“We had to write an essay exceeding 1000 words and it had to be centred around triumph over diversity,” Skye said.

She said she found the soldier “intriguing” and pieced together his life, finding that Pte Sankowsky lived in Bundaberg until he enlisted in the army at just 21.

“He was taken as a prisoner of war after two weeks and died in a camp in Borneo,” Skye said.

The youngster said history was her favourite subject and there were many things she enjoyed about it.

“I like discovering things you wouldn’t have known otherwise — it opens up a new world,” she said.

As a part of the award, Skye received $200 cash and the possibility of being published in the Australian War Memorial’s magazine, Wartime.

Skye’s essay will now compete in the national awards.



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