The principal of James Nash State High School in Gympie has been made an honorary senior fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Darren Edwards was recognised at USC’s graduation ceremony this month for his dedication to providing educational opportunities in the region. He has played a key role in the success of a Middle School Excellence Program in Gympie, developed by the Cooloola Learning and Innovation Initiative and the university in 2006. USC’s vice-chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Edwards had been involved with USC for almost a decade and his work had enhanced the region’s access and exposure to post-secondary learning options. “I have been motivated towards ensuring that local Gympie families get the best possible educational opportunities without having to leave our wonderful region,” Edwards said. Earlier this year he received an Australia Day Achievement Award for his contribution to the Department of Education and Training and to the wider community.
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