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Sarina Student Selected For Postcode Proud Award

Local career guide company CareerForce Australia has announced the inaugural recipient of the Postcode Proud Award for Sarina State High School (SSHS) as Grade 11 student, Chloe Nielsen.

As a former Sarina State High School student, CareerForce Australia director Maree Franettovich believes strongly in supporting local youth to attain their chosen career, while “retaining that talent for our region” and while understanding the pull that metro areas can have for students.

“Some of my own greatest opportunities came about from being a student of SSHS and, from a career perspective, being in a region affords opportunities not always available in more urban areas,” Ms Franettovich said.

“As well as being ‘postcode proud’, the award recognises a student who has demonstrated community spirit, takes great pride in their community and has contributed to making that community a better place to live for themselves and others.

“For CareerForce, this award is an opportunity to give back – to support and recognise students who appreciate where they come from, and the opportunities on offer.

“It’s important to develop talent and skill in regions, and encourage students to build their life and career here.”

Chloe Nielsen said that it “meant a great deal” to be the inaugural recipient.

“I plan on keeping up with this commitment and contribution to the community by continuing to volunteer at the Sarina Library and Sarina Hospital,” Ms Nielsen said.

“I have also been accepted as an executive leader for Sarina State High School, so I plan on trying to get more involved within the community through the school as well.”

The Postcode Proud Award also comes with $150 cash and a complimentary career consultation at CareerForce Australia.

“I am saving up for my first home, which may take a while, but the $150 contribution towards my savings account means a lot to me, as buying a home is an important investment to make for my future.

“I am very grateful for this award, let alone the nomination, and look forward to my consultation.”

For more information about CareerForce Australia, visit

Chloe Nielsen receiving the inaugural Postcode Proud Award from CareerForce Australia director Maree Franettovich

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