Emma's a top allrounder
TEENAGER Emma Sargent's dream is to be the very best she can be.
And judging from the plethora of awards the Year 12 Tweed River High student has hauled, she is not far from the mark.
Last week Emma became the first student from the school to be be-%stowed the prestigious Minister of Education and Far North Coast/Southern Cross Network Award for outstanding senior student.
Recognised for her academic, sport, leadership and cultural excellence, the 17-year-old is one of 38 to%receive the award in the state.
Emma said the award was most unexpected.
"It felt good," Emma said. "I was%very proud."
Mature and confident beyond her years, Emma said she was unfazed by the sometime "uncool" image given to students who excel in academics.
"I've got my goals and I want to achieve them," she said. "You get only one chance to do it right."
Hoping to become a vet, Emma said she had studied consistently throughout the year but had upped the ante as her HSC exam closes in.
But this girl is not all work and no play. A regular volunteer for charities, Emma has won the school's Citizenship Award for her work as a member of the Student Representative Council and her contribution to the school and community life. An avid sports woman, she has also taken part in the World Dragon Boat Championships in Shangai, China.
"I love reading, and sports like NRL and AFL," she said. Tweed River High principal Narelle Howell said the school was very proud of Emma.
"The award highlights the excellent calibre of students being produced by the public education system," Ms%Howell said.
"Emma's commitment, dedication and quiet tenacity have made her a fine example for others to follow."