Former Urangan State High School students, Stephanie Moore, Elle Green and Amy Molen, will remain in close contact when university life starts for real today.
Former Urangan State High School students, Stephanie Moore, Elle Green and Amy Molen, will remain in close contact when university life starts for real today.

New beginnings for FC students

IT ONLY seems like yesterday that they sat side by side in the same classroom but from this morning they will be blazing new trails down university corridors.

The first semester of a new academic year starts at the Fraser Coast campus of USQ today and for three recent students of Urangan State High School the perfect beginning has already been granted.

Recipients of the vice chancellor’s recommendation scholarship, Stephanie Moore and Amy Molen were presented with $24,500 each on Friday, the top award at the scholarship ceremony.

Their friend Elle Green collected $12,000 as a high achiever scholarship.

“It’s a relief to finish school finally,” Stephanie Moore, 17, said.

She will study primary education at USQ.

“There are a few nerves about the uncertainty of it all. It’s so different from high school.”

Amy Molen, 17, knew she wanted to study nursing after a work experience stint at Hervey Bay Hospital.

Studying in her home town is a bonus.

“I thought about moving away but it is much easier to study at home with mum and dad around.

“It’s so much easier than going somewhere else and starting off again. It’s all very new but I’ll get used to it.”

Elle Green, also 17, dreams of being a marketing manager in the fashion industry in 10 years time, on the back of the business degree she starts this week.

All three involved themselves in community events while at school including the Anzac Day march and Relay for Life, while also taking part in the school’s highly-rated musical sessions.

Thirteen sponsored scholarship awards were presented on Friday with the support of community and business organisations on the Fraser Coast.



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