BlogTrailblazerCharbel Rached – Marist College Kogarah | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2021

Charbel Rached – Marist College Kogarah | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2021

Trailblazer Charbel Rached

What are the Trailblazer Awards?

The Trailblazer Awards celebrates 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 network with industry leaders, build their personal brand and profile as a future leader, learn key career skills in our 3-day Pathfinder Accelerator, and so much more!

Find out how Charbel navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2021!

Introducing: Charbel Rached

Category: Business and Entrepreneurship

School: Marist College Kogarah

Career Aspiration: Law/Economics


  • 2021 Archbishop Award for Student Excellence 
  • Reinvigorating the religious culture of his community
  • Elected SRC 
  • Cricket Captain

What makes Charbel a Trailblazer?

Charbel has spent his schooling years strongly contributing to the religious culture of his school and wider community. In 2021, this was recognised when he was awarded the Archbishop Award for Student Excellence. These contributions included managing events and fundraisers to raise awareness of issues within his local churches, as well as participating in parish life to help modernise his local church operations.

After receiving the award, Charbel gained a newfound sense of confidence in himself and his abilities to enact real change within his community. It has encouraged him to continue pursuing to do so beyond high school.

Charbel says that all of his efforts to better his community’s religious culture has furthered his appreciation of strong leadership skills.

“It has improved my understanding and appreciation of leadership skills and what it takes to make a great leader in times of difficulty, inspiring others to achieve heights that they never thought that they could achieve themselves.”

Charbel’s outstanding portfolio goes even further. He was elected as a member of his school’s SRC for the past three years, played hockey for a local club, was selected as captain for his school’s cricket team, as well as maintained a casual job.

This is all made more impressive by the fact that he does it all while helping to care for his three younger siblings. 

Charbel is tossing up between law or economics for his future career path. He found both subject areas highly enjoyable throughout school and would be interested in pursuing a career in either.

After learning about all of his amazing work bolstering the religious life of his local community and how he manages to do this on top of study and extracurriculars, it is no wonder that Charbel has been recognised as a finalist in our Top 50 Trailblazers!

The Top 50 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 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 12 Trailblazers here!

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