Young leader excels

Devoting more than 600 hours of her time to volunteering and taking part in various leadership programs since she was 14, Megan said to win was surreal and something she had never experienced before.

The program recognises young women and their commitment to the volunteer sector and student government.

It also rewards their dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

The 17-year-old has led countless volunteer and leadership-based programs, including community youth programs, summer camps and weekly classes with Year 8 students organised and run by some of the Year 12s.

Megan is a student council executive and said her leadership did not focus on hierarchy,but was very much equal.

‘It’s not like I hold all the power,’ she said.

Megan was among three finalists in the Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs, a regional representative of Zonta International awards.

Megan said that when she graduated in October, she planned to take a gap year and continue her work with Zonta.

‘One day I would love to be a part of the club,’ she said.

As a regional winner, Megan’s application will be forwarded to the district coordinator for the next level of judging in April 2015.