KATHRYN Northill is a leader.
And after being named Student of the Year at Bendigo Senior Secondary College in 2017 her dream to one day go into local government seems likely to come true.
But she didn’t always enjoy her studies.
‘‘I have come so far,’’ Kathryn said.
‘‘I almost dropped out in year 10. I didn’t like school.
‘‘But from that to spending the last two years getting up at 6.30am and not getting home until about 6.15pm I have come a long way.
‘‘It is nice to see my hard work paying off.’’
It wasn’t just Kathryn’s studies that stood out in 2017 but her community and college activities as well.
She was elected as the secretary of the Student Council by her peers, ran the school formal, attended the Magic Moments Leadership Summit in Sydney, was a part of the progress reference group for the City of Greater Bendigo’s annual youth strategy and is also a youth ambassador for the Australian Red Cross Red 25 group, where she encourages other young people to donate blood.
‘‘I don’t do any of it for awards,’’ Kathryn said.
‘‘I do a lot of work behind the scenes, I am not one of those people to show off what I am doing.
‘‘But it is nice to be recognised for all my hard work.
‘‘I really did work my butt off to get here.
‘‘And I am so incredibly proud of all the stuff I have done.’’
Kathryn is awaiting the first round of university offers and hopes to do environmental and rural planning.