Zoe Hulme-Peake, a student at Toowoomba, remembers her as an “exceptionally gifted” young student who was dux of her year before suddenly passing away
Her loved ones and the local community remember a gifted young student for her intelligence, creativity and talent after her tragic death.
Zoe Hulme-Peake, who was a high achieving student at Downlands College in Toowoomba, recently died near Taree in New South Wales.
Ms Hulme-Peake was due for her promotion when she graduated from university in 2018.
She was also ranked in the top 0.06 percent of students in the state and recognized as one of the top 30 12th graders.
Due to her impressive results, the brilliant student was offered a place at Homerton College at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Her loved ones and the local community remember Zoe Hulme-Peake (pictured center) for her intelligence, creativity and talent after her tragic death.
She was supposed to start a philosophy course at university, but was forced to postpone her studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Hulme-Peake moved to Brisbane after school and has meanwhile studied some units of environmental philosophy at the University of Queensland.
She was extremely passionate about the arts and was an actress and a musician in her spare time.
Last year she wrote a play called Ash and Andie, which won her the Queensland Theater Young Playwright’s Award.
Ms. Hulme-Peake was also a strong advocate for social justice issues such as the environment, refugees and asylum seekers.
She has organized and participated in protests for refugees and the climate.
Many of his former teachers shared heartfelt tributes.
“Zoe was a student who thought, reflected and wrote beyond her age,” a teacher told the Chronicle of Toowoomba.
Ms Hulme-Peake and playwright Blake Hohenhaus wrote a play called Ash and Andie, which won them the Queensland Theater Young Playwright’s Award.
“She has unique perspectives and skillfully synthesizes disparate concepts to develop a body of work that would not be out of place in a tertiary-level research journal.”
Another said she was “always striving to improve and develop” and had “extraordinary intelligence”.
Others described her as “exceptionally gifted” and “passionate” with an appetite for learning new things.
In a social media video from 2020, Ms Hulme-Peake gave an insightful online speech as a former pupil to the Downlands school community on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, thanking teachers for the learning environment they had created.
A spokesperson for her school told the Queensland publication that “there is no doubt that Zoe’s extracurricular involvement has helped extend her growth and intellectual abilities.”
“Time and time again we have witnessed a young scholar who delights in the fascinating interplay of science and the arts and who makes sense of that interplay.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with Zoe’s family and friends during this difficult time.”