Ded­i­ca­tion and bal­ance pays off for Monto State High dux

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AWARDS Night was a night of val­i­da­tion for Monto State High School dux Dy­lan Burgess.

The soon-to-grad­u­ate Year 12 stu­dent took out many of the top aca­demic, sport­ing and cul­tural hon­ours on the night.

He won five sub­ject awards, three Very High Achieve­ment awards, and five sport­ing awards, in­clud­ing the top award for track and field.

In ad­di­tion to that, he also won spe­cial awards on the night, in­clud­ing the Se­nior English prize, the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts award, Se­nior Sport Per­son of the Year, and USQ Year 12 Ex­cel­lence award.

Dy­lan said he at­trib­uted his abil­ity to bal­ance these dif­fer­ent fields of achieve­ment to his strict sleep sched­ule, in­spired by rap­per 50 Cent.

“His daily rou­tine is to go to bed at 9 o’clock and wake up at 3 o’clock,” he said.

“I tried to do that by go­ing to bed at 9 and wak­ing up at 5, so I’d get my eight hours sleep ev­ery night”.

Dy­lan took his in­spi­ra­tion from peo­ple he con­sid­ered suc­cess­ful, such as 50 Cent and Bill Gates, as well as his mother, Kirsten Burgess.

“I don’t know of any­one who works as hard as her,” he said.

Mrs Burgess was an in­ter­na­tional eques­trian com­peti­tor, who in­spired Dy­lan in his own sport­ing achieve­ments.

He plans to en­rol at QUT to study ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­ogy, and pur­sue a ca­reer in health sci­ence.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

ACA­DEMIC EX­CEL­LENCE: Dux Dy­lan Burgess took top hon­ours at this year's awards night.

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