The Perelberg Award is awarded in memory of a former student of Scotch, Ashley Perelberg, a member of the Class of ’92, who died in 1993 from a heart attack while training during his first year at university. In 2021, the Perelberg Award, is awarded to a member of either the Class of 2020 or 2021, who demonstrates “exemplary Scotch Spirit”. This year’s winner is Hugo Boreham from the Class of 2020.
Both within and away from Scotch, Hugo devotes himself to helping others in any way he can. In 2020, during the extended school lockdowns, Hugo produced his own podcast, “Chomper’s Champions” interviewing Scotch boys and teachers. This podcast provided boys from Years 7-12 with a source of entertainment during an otherwise challenging and isolating period, and provided a common topic for boys to chat about during the week. He was also instrumental in the school’s “Not Weak To Speak” campaign last year, and took great pride in travelling up to Tiwi with the Indigenous Partnership Program, something he forever deems “the best week of [his] life.” He also continues to be actively involved with the Young Old Boys.
Continuing the thread of wanting to help others, away from school Hugo volunteers his time as a football and cricket coach at the respective Richmond Clubs, where he coaches young kids who otherwise would have little guidance, other than from a parent.
Congratulations to Hugo on this well-deserved award.