ELIZABETH Clarke is looking forward to this year’s Australia Day celebrations.
But not for the same reason most others are.
Miss Clarke is a nominee for the 2014 Orange Young Citizen of the Year, set to be announced at this year’s Australia Day Awards at Cook Park.
A keen musician, as well as an active participant in all things academic at Orange High School, if Miss Clarke’s reaction after finding out she’d been nominated is anything to go by, winning on Sunday week will be a huge thrill.
“It came as a big surprise,” she said of her nomination.
“My principle told me he was going to nominate me on the last day of school.”
Set to begin her Higher School Certificate studies into 2014, Miss Clarke was nominated by OHS principle David Lloyd based largely on her role as a school vice captain, her work with music and her participation on the school student representative council.
She said her fondness of school life pushed her towards such an active involvement.
“It’s the sheer love of my school,” she said.
“I really love Orange High School and I love what we represent and I just want to somehow assist in keeping that reputation. I wanted to be involved in that.”
Miss Clarke has been nominated alongside Lauren Crean, Ailish and Alanah Seedsmen, Anthony Wilson and Deepthi Swaroobini Selvam for the Young Citizen of the Year award.
“It’ll be good if I do win, it’ll be really nice,” she added.
“It’ll be just nice recognition. It’ll be a nice thing to have.”