DUX set to repeat Year 12 in a different language abroad
MARY Higgins had many feelings when named the Assumption College Dux last week at the end of Speech Night.
She was presented with the trophy and award by principal Kort Goodman.
Ms Higgins, of Allora, said she felt happiness, excitement, relief and sadness at the same time.
"It was sad that my school years were coming to an end," she said.
"I am very grateful to my family for their support and the teachers who are all very dedicated to their jobs and help all the students."
She is at Schoolies this week but has her next year all worked out.
"I am having an exchange year. I will repeat Year 12 in French at a Belgium school," she said.
"I heard about the World Exchange Program and it will be a great experience to live in Belgium and a chance to see the world."
After a year in Belgium, she hopes to make a more definite career choice.
"I am not sure what I want to do as yet," she said.
Ms Higgins also won the Sisters of Mercy Community Service award.
Her community involvements included going in Youth of the Year.
She helped around the school and was part of the Kindness Crew along with Mayor's Medal winner Stephanie Lockhart.
"I helped the teachers organise fundraisers for drought relief," Ms Higgins said.
She was also part of the school environmental committee.
"The committee looked at ways to help the environment around the school and the local area."
One of the environmental roles the committee did was encouraging students to be part of Clean Up Australia Day.
Ms Higgins was one of the four school captains at Assumption, with an emphasis on the academic area.
Ailish Wallace was the cultural captain and Stephanie Lockhart the spiritual captain of the college. Joe Gordon was captain responsible for sport. Each captain received the Principal's Award.