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Destinations-Class of 2020

Destinations - Class of 2020

Rishov Doloi

‘Rishov has very impressive credentials, including academic, musical, and debating, but I think the often overlooked quality is his work in helping others. He was a leader on Year 7 & 8 camps, a member of the Outdoor Leaders’ Training Team that trains others to lead camps. As Academic Captain, he organised many events to help maintain and grow a strong culture of intellectualism at the school, including student-led revision lectures for VCE student. Rishov is always striving to be his best self while at the same time helping others to achieve their best as well.’ Liana Renden

Rishov’s very long and impressive accolades include Triple Colours, House Colours Awards, Prizes for Distinctions and Merits every year – 2015 to 2020 and, in 2019, he received the Headmaster’s Award and The Younger Oration in 2015.  He achieved stellar results in academic competitions, with a High Distinction in the Australian Mathematics Competition in 2019 and Distinction in 2015, 2016 and 2018; in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad, he received a High Distinction 2017 and Distinction in 2018; and in 2016 and 2017 he received a High Distinction in the Australian Geography Competition.   He was the School Academic Studies Captain in 2020 and a member of the School Outdoor Education Leadership Team. He represented Trinity in our Debating team from 2015 to 2019 and was received the Best Speaker Award in 2018.  He was an active participant in our music program, playing in the Big Band in 2017, the Mitre Band in 2015 and 2016 and the Belling Jazz Ensemble in 2020.  On the sporting field, he was a member of our Athletics team, which won in 2015 and the AGSV Premier Team in 2015 and 2017; and played in our 2nd Cricket and Badminton Teams. 

What course are you enrolled in?
I am enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program at Monash University.

What is your long term career goal?
Something undoubtedly in the medical field, though I think it would be a little premature of me to answer what area or speciality, specifically. Clinical practice really excites me, but so does the boundless potential of medical research – hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to do both!

What influenced your chosen career path?
It was a matter of wanting to be a part of a profession that embodies my own set of values. A career in medicine is a career fundamentally based in the service of the community, in the privilege of helping others at their most vulnerable. Personally, I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than that.

Most fond memory of your time at Trinity?
Ironically, the fact that I’m unable to name my ‘fondest’ memory is perhaps the beauty of my time at Trinity. The thing I’ve come to realise about retrospect is that it feels simultaneously like a whirlwind and an age. It was a 6 year period in my life in which I grew into adulthood, yet also just a flurry of collective laughter and elation. I suppose sharing time with my mates, doing everything together, was what Trinity was most. I look back at this time with an overall, all-encompassing sense of fondness.

Aside from an education, what did you get from your time at Trinity?
The best aspects of a Trinity education are intangible. This school, through its role models, allowed me to determine the sort of man I wanted to become and the values I wanted to personify. I developed the confidence to express and be myself – it’s only at Trinity that one can feel comfortable enough to wear a hot pink suit to school on dress-up day. Perhaps the most meaningful takeaways, however, were the lasting mateships and sense of camaraderie I came to share with my cohort. It seems impossible that I could ever be a part of a community more special than Trinity.

Ben Robison

Ben commenced at Trinity in 2013 – in Year 5. Throughout his time in the Senior School, he provided distinguished service to our Drama Department as a Student Technician. He was the 2020 Drama Vice-Captain and, in that year, was a pivotal team member in delivering the Senior School Assembly via Live Stream whilst we were in lockdown. In addition to this ran several online technical workshops as part of the ‘Drama in Iso’ program. Ben received the Carolyn Kjar Prize for Drama, House and School Colours to recognise his contributions to Trinity.

What course are you enrolled in?
I am enrolled in a Cert IV in Live Production and Technical Services, which precedes the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services at RMIT.

What is your long term career goal?
As I develop my skill set, I’d eventually love to step into the role of a production manager – overseeing and delivering complex technical projects in theatre and broadcast. I also have a keen passion for graphic design and video production, and editing, so I’m keen to somehow maintain my application of these skills.

What influenced your chosen career path?
I’m often asked this question, and I tend to answer with, “it’s not what influenced my chosen career path, but rather who.” To this end, I owe it all to the incredible staff that make up Trinity, who not only motivated but constantly pushed and challenged me to be my best self as I navigated the complexities of pursuing a unique career path. The Trinity Drama Department (Luke Dixon, Stewart Lucy, Remy Throssell, Ryan Bowler and Brett Rothnie) provided me something special by giving me endless opportunities to network with industry professionals and actively apply my skill set in live production. Each of these mentors offers unwavering support, tasking me with numerous projects along the way, which aided in developing my technical knowledge.

Most fond memory of your time at Trinity?
This is a tough one. When I reflect on my time at Trinity, two distinct memories come to mind. The first is undoubtedly having the opportunity to mix audio for the 2019 musical, Les Mis. As an aspiring student AV technician, it was my goal since Year 7 to work my way to this point, and to be able to see that all my hard work had paid off was extremely fulfilling. Though I’d mixed countless shows beforehand, this musical was a mammoth undertaking and to be able to look back in a few years and reminisce on that opportunity is very rewarding. The second is the last day of Year 12. In what was an inevitably difficult year – underpinned by the perils of COVID and the imposed online learning – being able to stand together in our final moments as a cohort, surrounded by teachers who in such trying times were our guiding light, and count down the last bell was quite a moving moment, and one that will stick with me for years to come. It shows that no matter the circumstances, the Trinity community continues to stand together and support those who it comprises.

Aside from an education, what did you get from your time at Trinity?
When reflecting on my 8 years as a student, I am extremely grateful for the quality of education I received, but I regard Trinity as so much more than a school. It’s a place to thrive, no matter what your personality, goals or aspirations. The infrastructure of teaching and support staff is unparalleled to that of any other school I know, and I feel well equipped to tackle day-to-day life knowing I am driven by the key principles that make the Trinity man. Trinity gave me a sense of purpose and direction, and for that, I am forever indebted to the school.

Henry Brown

Henry has an impressive list of achievements from his life at Trinity! He was the 2020 School Vice-Captain, received the rare honour of Triple School Colours, was awarded Prizes for Distinctions and Merits in 2015 and from 2017 to 2020. His sporting accomplishments are equally impressive. He was a member of the First XIII Football, captained the First XI Cricket and represented the school in the AGSV Combined Cricket team and Athletics. In his final year, he received the Ray Weinberg Prize for Sporting Leadership.

What course are you enrolled in?
Double degree in Commerce and Actuarial Science at Monash University, commencing in 2021 on a full time basis.

What is your long term career goal?
After getting my degree, I hope to join the globally recognised Actuaries Institute of Australia program which once completed, will hopefully see me become a fully qualified actuary.

What influenced your chosen career path?
Our Careers Counsellor, first suggested I should research actuary as a career in one of our meetings in year 10. The strategy and skills required to be a successful actuary appealed to me, complementing my study of mathematics and accounting at school. I enjoy analytical thinking and actuaries evaluate risk and opportunities using mathematical, statistical, economic and financial models on a daily basis. They also work in a variety of different fields such as banking, insurance and even energy resources and the environment. This type of career appeals to me as I will be able to work on large-scale issues that affect a data-driven world.

Most fond memory of your time at Trinity?
I can’t go past the 2018/19 Trinity Cricket premiership, where we went through the season undefeated and united as one to conquer PEGS in the grand final. Less than 12 months before, we as a team were still searching for our first win after five matches in the 2017/18 season and it was a true testament to the character, planning and execution of our coaching staff and players to pull off the near impossible.

Aside from an education, what did you get from your time at Trinity?
Lifelong friends. A place to always call home. Great memories of trips to China, Sri Lanka and England. The gift of being able to help others in a less fortunate position than us. These are all things I’ll cherish forever from my time at Trinity.

Johnny Apostolopoulos

Johnny commenced at Trinity in Year 7.  In the words of Trinity’s Head of Soccer, Mr Michael Moreira, ‘Johnny personifies ‘act manfully’ in all that he pursues in life. His dedication to his studies in his time at Trinity was always front and centre, culminating in his incredible ATAR score. It was a dream come true for Johnny to be chosen by Central Coast Mariners to join their youth academy at the end of Year 11, a year after Johnny helped Trinity Grammar to it’s second AGSV Soccer Premiership. With the Covid pandemic, these dreams have been put on hold.  In a twist of fate, he now plays in the NPL 2 for Northcote City FC, alongside his brother and OTG2018, Kosta. Johnny is making a huge impact on the senior team as an 18-year-old and gives back to the soccer community there as a MiniRoos coach. Johnny does this whilst commuting to Monash University most days for his university studies. We are proud of everything Johnny has become and will continue to be as he furthers his journey as a young man and continues to be proud of his Green and Gold roots.’

What course are you enrolled in?
I am studying a double degree in Commerce and Science at Monash University.

What is your long term career goal?
Having a passion for sport, my long-term career goal is to specialise in Sport Medicine. I am interested in treating and preventing injuries to athletes and maximising their performance.  Being a Sport Physician will require a post-graduate degree, so to keep my options open, I have chosen an undergraduate ‘double’ degree.

What influenced your chosen career path?
I’ve always been fascinated by how the human body works.  I have used the knowledge developed from subjects like PE and research to maximise my performance in soccer. Having also spoken to a Sports Physician about what their job involves and having a passion for sport, it’s the field I would like to pursue. 

Most fond memory of your time at Trinity?
The fondest memory of my time at Trinity would have to be in 2018, when I won the Soccer AGSV Premiership with the First XI.   At that time, Trinity hadn’t won a Soccer Premiership for over a decade and to have won the match in the ‘dying minutes’, it’s a moment I’ll never forget. Having put in many hours in training with the team throughout the year, I’d have to say it was one of the most rewarding and happiest times wearing the Green and Gold.

Aside from an education, what did you get from your time at Trinity?
Like many, I’d have to say it’s the numerous friendships made along the way. Having been around the cohort for six years, you soon find your spot and friendship group.   The China Experience in Year 9, spending two weeks in another country with my peers, allowed me to create some of my strongest friendships to date.

Nick Molnar

Nick commenced at Trinity in Prep.  Throughout his time at school, Nick was actively engaged in Harambee, culminating in being the 2020 School Faith and Outreach Captain.  In that same year, he received the Trinity Prize, which recognises students that exhibit and develop in others the Trinity school spirit.  He participated in our Drama program and Cross Country team, received House Colour Awards and School Colours, and in 2020 received a Prize for Distinctions and Merits.

What course are you enrolled in?
This year, I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

What is your long term career goal?
My sights are set on secondary teaching as a career.

What influenced your chosen career path?
I chose to pursue teaching because of the really unique opportunity it offers to be part of such a dynamic and purpose-driven community within a school environment. From my time at Trinity, I saw first-hand the experiences and relationships that schools offer both within and beyond the classroom, and the chance to facilitate that for the students of tomorrow is really motivating. I had a number of really passionate and dedicated teachers whilst at Trinity, and that was definitely inspiring too.

Most fond memory of your time at Trinity?
Every day at Trinity is special, but my standout memories would stem from my involvement in Harambee. Working closely with a tight-knit group of boys from across the school as we led Trinity’s outreach and community service programs made Harambee the extraordinary journey it was. From steering fundraising campaigns to directing projects, these leadership experiences alongside a really remarkable group of people made me part of something bigger than myself, and continue to be a really great source of pride.

Aside from an education, what did you get from your time at Trinity?
Above all else, my time at Trinity gave me a community: one that encompasses close friends, supportive teachers and many others. Trinity has such a positive and inclusive culture, and the rapport that exists between students across the year levels is so distinctive. Because there is such a breadth of programs and opportunities, everyone can follow their aspirations and connect to their interests, and in doing so, find a great sense of belonging.