Volunteering, working and completing year 12 is a challenge for many but local student Josh Rollings is a shining example of just that, and as a result was recently awarded a Student Citizenship Award from the Order of Australia Association.
Each year, ten Year 11/12 students from around South Australia are awarded a Student Citizenship Award in recognition of their broad contribution to the their communities. Nominated by their schools and colleges, these students have fulfilled the Order of Australia Association's objective "to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship."
With contributions to St John Ambulance, surf life saving at Christies Beach and with the Emergency Operations Group, while also helping as a sports trainer at the South Adelaide Football Club; it is no wonder that Josh has been recognised with the award.
Josh said that upon hearing he had received the award he felt both shocked and honoured.
In all of the work he has completed so far, Josh said his biggest challenge has been overcoming the mental aspect and felt as though he has been forced to mature fast to cope. Despite this he hopes to continue to further serve the community as time goes on.
"My overall goal would be to make a difference, I've had people who have made a difference in my life and i want to share that feeling with other people," he said.
Josh's Mum, Sue Rollings said she is very proud of his commitment to his various community volunteering pursuits.
"He is passionate and caring in his responsibilities for such a young man," she said.
"It has been easy to forget on occasions that he is still a teenager. It is very exciting and special for him to be given this recognition for the time and commitment he has shown over a long period of time.
"We look forward to seeing where his interests take him now that he has almost finished school."