BlogTrailblazerArabella Tavares – Willoughby Girls High School | Top 50 Year 11 & Year 12 Trailblazer 2023

Arabella Tavares – Willoughby Girls High School | Top 50 Year 11 & Year 12 Trailblazer 2023

Arabella Tavares

What are the Trailblazer Awards?

The Trailblazer Awards celebrates Year 11 and Year 12 students beyond their ATAR, recognising those who have overcome personal challenges and used their final year of school to positively impact their community.

Our Trailblazers will have the opportunity to build their personal brand and profile as a future leader, learn how to successfully apply for Early Entry, Scholarships, Co-Op, and Cadetships Opportunities, and so much more!

Find out how Arabella navigated her senior schooling differently throughout 2023!

Introducing: Arabella Tavares

Category: Social Impact & Change

School: Willoughby Girls High School

State: NSW

Career Aspiration: Lawyer specialising in criminal law to achieve justice for individuals and uphold community rights


  • Organised a successful fundraiser for the Salvation Army at her school, providing hampers filled with toys, clothes, and food items for those in need.
  • Received the Victor Chang Research Institute Awards for excelling in science subjects during Year 11, demonstrating excellence in biology, earth and environmental science, and physics.
  • Recognised with the Long Tan Youth Leadership Award in Year 10 for displaying leadership qualities within her school community.
  • Currently serving as the Student Representative Council (SRC) President, coordinating various initiatives such as candy grams, sing-o-grams, and themed mufti days to foster school spirit and support charitable causes.
  • Leading efforts to propose a fundraiser to aid people suffering from homelessness in the local area.

What makes Arabella a Trailblazer?

Arabella is an exceptional individual who exemplifies compassion and social impact within her community. As the SRC President at Willoughby Girls High School, Arabella has dedicated herself to making a positive difference. Last year, she organised a highly successful fundraiser for the Salvation Army, bringing together her schoolmates to contribute to hampers filled with essential items for those in need. This initiative not only helped the less fortunate but also instilled a sense of giving back among the students.

Arabella’s commitment to academic excellence is evident through her achievements in science subjects. She received the prestigious Victor Chang Research Institute Awards, placing first in Biology, first in Earth and Environmental Science, and fourth in Physics during Year 11. This recognition reflects her dedication and intellectual capabilities, setting a high standard for her peers.

Her leadership qualities were also acknowledged when she received the Long Tan Youth Leadership Award in Year 10. Arabella’s ability to inspire and guide her fellow students demonstrates her natural aptitude for leading others towards positive change.

Currently serving as the SRC President, Arabella continues to drive initiatives that promote school spirit and benefit the community. She plans to propose a fundraiser dedicated to supporting individuals facing homelessness in their local area. Arabella’s proactive approach to addressing societal issues showcases her determination and empathy, making her a true trailblazer among her peers.

Arabella’s commitment to social impact extends beyond her role as SRC President. She actively participates in various extracurricular activities, including being a coach for the Willoughby Girls High School mock trial team, a reading buddies mentor, and a peer support leader. These involvements allow her to make a difference in the lives of others while honing her leadership and mentoring skills.

With a clear vision for her future, Arabella aspires to become a lawyer specialising in criminal law. Her motivation stems from a strong desire to achieve justice for individuals and uphold the rights of the community. Particularly passionate about prosecuting sexual assault offenders, Arabella aims to ensure that criminals face the appropriate consequences for their actions. Her personal experiences and empathy for victims fuel her determination to make a lasting impact in the legal field.

Arabella’s dedication to social impact, academic excellence, and leadership make her a remarkable Trailblazer. Her ability to organise successful fundraisers, excel academically, and lead her peers demonstrates her capacity to effect positive change. Arabella’s future endeavours as a lawyer will undoubtedly contribute to the pursuit of justice and the betterment of society. With her compassion, resilience, and commitment to social justice, Arabella Tavares rightfully earns her place among our Top 50 Trailblazers!

The Top 50 Year 11 and Year 12 Trailblazer Awards

The Trailblazer Awards aim to identify and celebrate students who use their final years of school to invest holistically in the skills and experiences that will maximise their own future opportunities and make a contribution to the future of our society.

Our winners for the Year 11 and Year 12 Trailblazer Awards have demonstrated initiative in volunteering for their school or community, have participated in co-curricular activities, and have held leadership positions within their schools.

Learn more about who placed in the Top 50 Year 11 and Year 12 Trailblazers here!

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