Georgia takes dux
Olympian pays a visit
MONTO State High School students and their families gathered at the Shire Hall to pay tribute to the school’s high achievers.
Outgoing principal Peter O’Brien was full of praise for the school’s prize recipients, but made it clear all his students should be proud of their efforts.
Mr O’Brien coined the phrase, “a small school doing big things”, and said he was proud to have secured the guest appearance of Australian Olympic beach volleyball representative Natalie Cook.
Ms Cook entertained the audience with the story of how she had achieved success in her field.
“You have to tell yourself, ‘I am good’, and don’t let people tell you that you can’t achieve. If you are not happy then there is no shame to change to something different,” Ms Cook said.
“Just keep doing big things for a small school.”
The highest-achieving student for the year was 17-yearold Georgia Kenny who was crowned with the prestigious School Dux award.
The talented all-round academic achiever was excited by the top award, but nowhas the problem of choosing where to apply her skills.
“I won’t be going straight to uni,” she said.
“I would like to do design, photography or writing.
“I would like to travel, but I would prefer to do some less expensive things first.”
Mr O’Brien said he was confident he could leave the school to continue providing a quality education for Monto children.
He said the night was a great showcase of the school’s well-rounded education.
“I thought this was the best speech night ever and it was a coup to have Natalie Cook as guest speaker,” Mr O’Brien said.
SPORTS STARS: Sportsman of the Year Stanley Grubb, Olympic beach volleyball representative Natalie Cook and Sportswoman of the Year Ainslie Pointon at Monto State High School’s Speech Night.