Kirsty Taylor with her Certificate of Community Service from the Order of Australia.
Kirsty Taylor with her Certificate of Community Service from the Order of Australia.

Burnett student recognised for community work

GRADE 12 student Kirsty Taylor has been recognised for her outstanding work within the community.

Kirsty was awarded with a Certificate of Community Service from the Order of Australia at her school parade on October 16.

Nominated by her year 12 co-ordinator Robyn Geddes, Kirsty was unaware she had even been nominated.

“I was very surprised about it, however I’m proud to receive it,” Kirsty said.

Attributing her mum to her success, Kirsty likes to keep busy with her time, and relishes the opportunity to meet different people.

“It’s fun along the way, spending time with other people who have the same goals and ideas such as you.”

Kirsty is a hard-working student at Burnett State College, having a high level of commitment to her studies.

She has demonstrated a strong social service to her school, leading fundraisers for her formal by organising barbecues, and working at local footballs games in lieu of donations to her school.

Always volunteering her time whenever she can, Kirsty initiated and organised the World’s Greatest Shave for the Gayndah Community.

Liaising with the local senior football team, students, staff, community members and hairdressers, they were able to raise $9000 for cancer research.

She has done all this while juggling work and volunteering commitments at IGA, the Gayndah Gazette, the school magazine, and at the Gayndah Gladiators.

With her mum being heavily involved within the community, she takes a lot of inspiration from her.

“She’s a big role model for me, with us spending a lot of time together.”

Even in the sporting arena Kirsty is exceeding expectations, winning age champion this year for cross country.

With the school year wrapping up, she has already finished her Certificate II in IDMT (information, digital media and technology) and has taken up a school based traineeship with Splitting Endz Hair Studio.

“I’m aiming to finish up grade 12 in the next four weeks, and finish my TAFE studies off, and end the year on a good note.”

Even though she doesn’t look for recognition for her voluntary work, Ms Taylor would like to thank Ms Geddes and her community for the award.

“It’s nice to see the things that you do make an impact on other people.”


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