Kirsten has her fu­ture planned

Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege Schol­ar­ship

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

WIN: Monto's Kirsten Van Clooster won a $10,000 schol­ar­ship to Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege next year.

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