Year 12 student and 2020 School Captain, Sophia Scanlan, has proudly accepted the Principal’s Award, one of the highest accolades presented to a St Joseph’s College Toowoomba student.

The Principal’s Award recognises students who live out ‘The Joey’s Way’ across all areas of College life including academic, religious, community, cultural and sporting achievements. All students accrue points through participation in school-based activities, but only very few students get enough points to receive the Principal’s Award.

Sophia was honoured to be presented the award, providing tips of advice to fellow students about embracing all opportunities presented by St Joseph’s College. “Take every opportunity that presents itself and give it your very best shot. Do not be afraid to fail but more importantly have a go, because it is our choices that reflect who we truly are, far more than our abilities,” said Sophia.

Along with academic excellence and strong leadership qualities, Sophia worked hard to ‘Serve Him in Others’ in all aspects of her schooling experience. During her final year, she was a contributor to a house fundraiser which raised more than $1,800 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, whose aim is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

“Our house motto for Brennan is ‘Care for Everybody’, therefore raising awareness for a charity that we thought embodied this motto was integral,” said Sophia. “With the Starlight Children’s Foundation responding to the specific needs of Australian kids and teens, students were aware of the importance of this charity. With $1800 raised for the foundation, the Brennan Captains and I couldn’t be more thankful for the support shown by the College and wider community.”

Sophia now plans to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland in Gatton with the ambition of becoming a rural vet, and thanks St Joseph’s College for supporting her through her studies. “St Joseph’s College has fostered supportive relationships that remain at the heart of this community. St Joseph’s College is not just a school but rather a part of our identity, a part of us that is imprinted on our integrity and a part of us that will remain forever,” said Sophia.

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