1 August 2017:

Essay competition winner celebrates diversity in public schools

It is our pleasure to announce that Dymtro Kucheryavyy is the winner of the 2017 Public Education Foundation’s Essay Competition.

Dymtro is a year 11 student at Lucas Heights Community School. The judging panel, which comprised of members of the Retired Teachers Association, noted that Dymtro put forward a compelling case for public education.

“Public education is a widely diverse community because anyone is accepted into a public school regardless of their differences,” Dymtro wrote in his essay. “When students study at public schools, they not only receive a quality education, but learn about the different types of people in the world.”

“Dymtro argues persuasively that the diversity and quality of our public education system offers the best preparation for success beyond school,” David Hetherington, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation, said.

On learning that he was selected as the 2017 winner of the Public Education Foundation’s Essay Competition, Dymtro said:  “Having experienced both private and public education, I can say that the opportunities and diversity public schools provide is a huge advantage over private education.”

“Dmytro demonstrates commitment, respect and a striving for excellence in his studies and in his personal dealings with other students, staff and community members,” Lucas Height Community School Principal, Janice Gooden said. “We would like to thank the Public Education Foundation for this generous prize.”

Dymtro will receive $1,000 to be used for education expenses.


The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to young people in public education and enhancing the value and reputation of public schools.

For more information please contact:

Melanie Morrison

Tel: 02 9266 8247, 0401 996 451            Email: melanie@publiceducationfoundation.org.au

Public Education Foundation: http://www.publiceducationfoundation.org.au.