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Declan and his classmate Liam Brady, also 15, have been studying Indonesian since Year 7. Although neither of them have decided whether they will continue studying the language until Year 12, both chose the language to learn more about one of Australia's nearest neighbours. "It's interesting to … [gain] insight into their way of life and a bit more history about them," Liam says. "There's a lot of different opportunities [that] can involve the use of the language. "If you wanted to join the army, or certain other jobs that involve interactions with other countries, you need to be able to speak a second language."
Henry Wu, 17, a Year 11 student at Camberwell Grammar School, is the founder of the Australian Youth Space Society. Last September, Henry attended Space Camp in Alabama, USA, where it dawned on him how small Australia’s own space industry really is. “It was heartbreaking to see that Australia hasn’t got its own space program that conducts domestic launches,” Henry said.