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Brisbane and Sydney welcome early achievers

More than 70 students accepted into ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program (EAP) attended welcome events at the Strathfield and Brisbane campuses recently with family and friends.

Musicians Luke Simpson and Benita Salvatore are two who have commenced studies at the Brisbane Campus. They were accepted into the program for their ongoing community involvement through their band, Broken Strings, and for leading their school as college captains.

“Broken Strings has been involved with a range of charitable and fundraising events, such as the 2009 Bushfire Appeal,” said Luke. “It’s great to be able to entertain people for a good cause.”

EAPEarly achievers Benita Salvatore and Luke Simpson at the Brisbane welcome event.

Broken Strings has recorded two original tracks with Serotonin Productions - with Luke on guitar and Benita in lead vocals.

Despite their busy schedules, the pair said juggling university and band commitments had not yet been a problem.

“ACU has a really relaxed and supportive environment,” Luke said. “I’m studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science and I’m finding it really interesting. Eventually I want to teach biology and physical education in high schools.”

Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts student Benita said she chose ACU because of its strong links with Catholic education.

“I’ve attended Catholic institutions for all of my schooling years - I believe in Catholic education and I want to teach in Catholic schools,” she said.