Ge­or­gia takes dux

Olympian pays a visit

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

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.

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