Kirsten has her future planned
Emerald Agricultural College Scholarship
THE only words Monto’s Kirsten Van Clooster could make out when she took a phone call on the Mt Perry Rd earlier this month were “you got the scholarship”.
“Once we lost signal, it wasn’t until two hours later they called me and told me the rest of the information. I didn’t know how to react - I was having a manicure (at the time),” she said.
The Monto State High School graduate is one of only five recipients of the Emerald Agricultural College Scholarship for 2015 and 2016, valued at $10,000.
By the end of the two years she will have an Australian Primary Industries Certificate III and a diploma in agriculture.
“It’s the biggest scholarship you can apply for and I’ve heard that more than 100 people applied,” she said.
Although Kirsten doesn’t live on a property, she has always been successful in the school cattle club and thinks that may have been what set her apart.
She was part of the team that won BeefWeek in 2012, and at this year’s Ekka she spoke in the main arena about steer judging.
“I’m really keen to learn the theory side behind the practical elements of cattle judging now,” she said.
“I’m interested in the technical breeding stuff - I know what’s going on on the outside but haven’t got much idea of the inside yet.”
If there’s one thing she’s nervous about in the primary industries game, it’s dealing with temperamental cattle.
While Kirsten has never been to Emerald before, she said she was certainly up for the challenge.
“I’ve always loved animals and I’ve never wanted to do anything else but agriculture,” she said.
“I guess it’s just something a bit different to what most teenagers are doing these days.
“Before this I wasn’t sure what I was doing.
“Money was something that would have made going away hard, but now I don’t have to worry about it.”
WIN: Monto's Kirsten Van Clooster won a $10,000 scholarship to Emerald Agricultural College next year.