Gretel Worner is only in Year 9 at Mary MacKillop, but she has already earned the incredible opportunity of carrying the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

Gretel will carry the baton alongside Assistant Principal Ministry and Mission, Mr Steven Moyle, for 200 metres through Toowoomba on 28 March.

“It’s a once in a life time opportunity – but I’m a little nervous,” Gretel said. She was nominated by Sports Coordinator, Mrs Kate McWha, for being a keen athlete in all that she pursues and an outstanding academic student.

In 2017, Gretel received the Runner Up Dux of Year 8.

Due to her success across all of her subjects, Gretel has selected a range of different electives for Year 9.

Her favourite class is Formula 1 in Schools, where she is building an F1 model car, marketing the brand and racing other schools in Toowoomba.

Gretel attributes her achievements to the support of her family in the choices she makes, a good group of friends at school, and the sporting and extracurricular activities available to her.

Advanced science and mathematics tutoring, athletics and running club are just some of the activities Gretel participates in after school. Between sports, engineering, design, mathematics and other areas in which Gretel is a high achiever, it is no wonder she is not locking herself into one career path
just yet.

Right now, all Gretel wants is to pursue her passions and enjoy being part of a growing college where the smaller class sizes allow her to get to know her peers and put forward her own ideas in group collaborations.

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