For Toowoomba State High School Vice Captains Lucy Ribbe Kelso and Stafford Mortensen, their senior year has been a busy and eventful one.

Little more than rough acquaintances in Year 10, after two years and one school captain election later, the two are now partners in representing the whole school. While their overall school experience has shaped their characters, the most telling of those years has been Grade 12.

One week, the St Mary’s school gym was filled with cheers and applause as Toowoomba State High took out the regional basketball final, and the next week the duo were on stage, singing about a car in the school’s production of Grease. The two credit their eagerness to embrace whatever comes their way as their secret to making the most of school. “They say these are the best years of your life, but you can’t just expect things to fall into place automatically.
Take risks, appreciate the little things, and enjoy yourself. You miss every shot you don’t take — why not take them all?” they said. “If we want to succeed through what will undoubtedly be the most challenging period of our high school lives, we have to remember to enjoy every step — even the painful ones.”

As they face assignments, exams, and the Queensland Core Skills Test, Lucy and Stafford are confident about the future with the support of their cohort and Toowoomba State High’s team of staff.