Nyesha Plant has been awarded the top Burnett Youth Learning Centre accolade and taken home the Elliott Farm Award.
Starting at Burnett Youth Learning Centre for her final year of high school, Nyesha said she was initially shocked but thankful to have receive this year’s prestigious Elliott Farmer Award.
“I am really grateful for what the school has helped me achieve,” Nyesha said.
“I don’t think I would have completed Year 12 at the rate I was going before coming here.
“I am really speechless actually.”
Nyesha said before enrolling at BYLC she had tried studying via distance education but found there was not enough face-to-face support.
“I tried distance education, but I found this heaps easier,” she said.
“Everyone learns in a different way, and the hands-on learning here gives us a different approach that a lot of us benefit from.”
The Year 12 student said she now plans to study paramedic science at CQUniversity, and she said without the support from the teachers this would not have been possibile.
BYLC is a registered Special Assistance School (SAS), affiliated with Independent Schools of Queensland, situated on a 28-hectare farm.
The education facility supports young people who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from mainstream education.
Burnett Youth Learning Centre offers young people the chance to learn in a supportive, alternative education setting which acknowledges and emphasises the unique goals and dreams of each individual.