Seymour College announced Year 12 student Mackenzie Garner as the school’s recipient of the 2017 Caltex Best All Rounder Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious secondary school prizes.
Mackenzie joins a select group of secondary students around Australia who have received the award for excellence in their studies, on the sports field and for their work in the community.
Mackenzie contributed in many facets of school life, and was chosen for the award for her achievement in leadership as female school captain, in sport, academic performance and her willingness to be involved in the life of the school.
She also received the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program award, an academic enrichment program supported by Melbourne University.
She involved herself in the Vietnam Veterans and Anzac Day ceremonies and was a participant in the announcement of funding for the new Early Learning Centre with Education Minister James Merlino.
Seymour College principal Gail Hardman said Mackenzie was a worthy recipient of the nationally-recognised award.
‘‘The award recognises Mackenzie’s contribution across several disciplines — she has been a wonderful asset to our school and the wider community, setting a terrific example for others to follow,’’ Mrs Hardman said.
Caltex Australia managing director and chief executive officer Julian Segal said the Australian fuel company was proud to have recognised generations of students like Mackenzie since the awards began in 1985.
‘‘Mackenzie joins an exclusive list of Caltex Best All Rounders to have been recognised over the past three decades,’’ Mr Segal said.
The Caltex Best All Rounder Award has been presented to thousands of final-year students around the country across its 32-year history, including Georgia Baker at Seymour College in 2016.
Past winners include children’s show actor Emma Watkins (the current Yellow Wiggle) from The McDonald College in Sydney, and frisbee world-champion Adrian Gepp (PhD) from Faith Lutheran College in Tanunda, South Australia.