Another feather in Kathryn’s cap

February 27, 2018

Kathryn Northill was named the student of the year at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

KATHRYN Northill’s leadership credentials have hit a whole new level as she has been chosen to be a part of the 2018 University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Bangkok, Thailand in August.

The symposium is planned to help leaders between the ages of 18 and 30 discover their hidden potential as well as actively engaging in learning experiences beyond the conference rooms.

The event enables participants to acquire robust confidence, goal-setting capabilities, self-reliance and independence, which are all prerequisites for the next generation of 21st century leaders.

The program was established in 2010 and has since been held annually in a developing country in the Asia-Pacific region.

More than 7,000 emerging young leaders from more than 100 countries have participated in the program.

‘‘I’m so excited. I don’t like being the centre of attention but this is another thing to add to my achievements,’’ Kathryn said.

There will be different keynote speakers including Geraldine Cox, president and founder of Sunrise Cambodia.

Kathryn 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 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.

She starts university life this week, studying Environmental and Rural Planning at Latrobe University in Bendigo.

‘‘I can’t wait to get started,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s really about doing something you love and for that I have no regrets.

‘‘It’s about doing what’s best for me,’’ she said.

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