NSW Young Historian of the Year, Nicholas Peterson, was presented his latest award by former NSW Premier Nathan Rees.
NSW Young Historian of the Year, Nicholas Peterson, was presented his latest award by former NSW Premier Nathan Rees.

Top award for history buff

NICHOLAS Peterson will have to start choosing which certificates and plaques make it to his wall after the Year 12 student received yet another award for his writing.

The Clarence Valley Anglican School student travelled to Sydney last week to meet the then NSW Premier Nathan Rees and be awarded the NSW Young Historian of the Year, the top prize in the National History Challenge competition.

“My essay on John Curtin and his triumph over adversity was named as the best entry in New South Wales,” Nicholas said.

“I was really pleased with the result and didn’t expect anything like it.”

This is the second time in as many years Nicholas has won his category at the National History Challenge, but the first time he has won the overall competition.

“There are a few people who win the competition in two consecutive years, but when people get to know a certain section, they don’t usually try another,” he said.

“I wanted the challenge, though, so I have entered different sections over the two years I have entered.”

As he is almost one term into Year 12, Nicholas does not know if he will have time to enter the competition next year, but he said if he could manage it, he would like to do it again.

Nicholas plans to study International Relations at university when he has finished his schooling.



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