Born and bred on a farm, Rachel Michael currently attends the local Toodyay District High School as a Year 10 student. Here, she has been on the student council for three years and was this year elected School Captain. For two years she has thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the T.D.H.S. Emergency Services Cadet Unit. Through her leadership roles, Rachel is heavily involved in organizing and speaking at school ANZAC and Remembrance Day Services. She has received the school Academic Excellence then DUX Awards from year 3 to 10, and this year was awarded the ‘Caltex Best All Rounder’. Rachel has been a primary and secondary Faction Captain and has been active through sports both in and out of school. She has received several sporting awards, including a 2005 Active Achievers Award at Country Week. Next year Rachel will be boarding at Santa Maria College where she plans to complete her TEE. In the future, Rachel intends to pursue a career as a journalist and TV reporter.
Rachel is determined to keep the ANZAC legend alive in Australia’s youth and is thrilled at this unique opportunity
to do so. She looks forward to visiting the battlefields and paying her respects to all those who served there. Rachel’s
great-great uncle, ‘Don’ Michael enlisted with the 27th Battalion during World War One and served in Egypt, France,
Belgium and Gallipoli. He was awarded the French medal of bravery ‘Croix de Guerre’ for cutting enemy communication
lines amidst heavy battle. Rachel has several other relatives who fought in France during World War One, some of whom never
returned, so this year’s destination will have personal meaning for her