Encounter Lutheran College student Georgia Riggs has been recognised with a Mayo Community Service Award, for consistently volunteering her time to work with young dancers involved in the school's dance program.
"Georgia has undertaken leadership in a House Leaders role for 2019, and been awarded College Deputy Captain for 2020," said Encounter head of middle and senior school, Penny McKenzie.
"She consistently volunteers her time within our dance program, giving up her own lunchtimes to work with the junior dancers. Georgia is implicitly polite and respectful, and works well with staff and students."
Georgia said she was surprised and honoured to be recognised with the award, presented by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie last week.
"It was incredibly humbling and an honour to receive such an award from our federal member," she said.
"I am constantly inspired by the people around me who are serving and encourage me to do the same.
"I also believe that it's not so much about the end product, but more so the journey getting there and what experiences, skills, and memories you get out of it."
Georgia said she was blessed to have a strong support system, helping her achieve her goals.
"I am so thankful to my beautiful family for encouraging me to try new things and take opportunities, my friends for supporting my ventures, and the awesome Encounter teachers for showing grace when I miss lessons or don't quite finish those math questions."
Georgia will soon begin prepping for her Year 12 studies next year, and is planning to further develop her community work at Encounter.
"I hope to continue community work through school developing the arts program and coordinating a program called 'Fix It Friday', an initiative that teaches students basic life skills that aren't necessarily taught in school," she said.