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Chesley Sabangan – Richard Johnson Anglican School | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2022

Chesley Sabangan

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, get exam ready in our 1-day HSC Trials Accelerator, and so much more!

Find out how Chesley navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2022!

Introducing: Chesley Sabangan

Category: Social Impact & Change

School: Richard Johnson Anglican School 

State: NSW

Career Aspiration: To work as a Creative Director, or perhaps have her own media company


  • School Captain
  • Leading her peers in supporting UNICEF’s Ukraine appeal, COVID aid for India, and Tonga’s volcano emergency response
  • Previously House Leader, Student Forum Representative, and a student leader for a school cultural performance

What makes Chesley a Trailblazer?

Chesley Sabangan has dedicated herself to her role as School Captain, using her position to make a positive change in her community. Already, Chesley has led her school in supporting UNICEF’s Ukraine appeal, COVID said for India, and Tonga’s volcano emergency response. In addition, she runs leadership groups consisting of students from Years 7-12 whose ideas she proposes to the school’s executive board. As captain, Chesley balances the ideas of many passionate students and co-ordinates the ones they choose to pursue. She is an outstanding role model for her peers, independently leading student-run initiatives and advocating for students’ ideas. For example, she has been successful in getting permission to create a Year 12 yearbook, a wonderful project for their final year. A talented creative artist, Chesley was previously a student leader for a cultural performance at school and hopes to become a Creative Director in the future.

Through her organisational efforts, Chesley has led her school to having a widespread impact on those in need. She has also ensured that every student who contributes to leadership groups has their voice heard and idea considered, by developing her skills in strategic planning. To manage the influx of ideas from a large group of passionate students, Chesley has learnt to use organisation apps to keep track of everything which allows her to bring everybody’s ideas to the school’s executive board.

These management skills have also aided her in organising her time between her academic pursuits and her captaincy responsibilities, to ensure that she has time to focus on her wellbeing. One of Chesley’s greatest challenges in Year 12 has been managing her mental health. The number of commitments she undertakes can become very overwhelming and trigger her anxiety, however she is determined to continue making the most of her final year of school and persevering through the tough moments.

“Being elected as School Captain…has opened up a lot of doors for me to not only make a change in my community but make the most out of my final year in high school.”

Chesley hopes to become a Creative Director in the future, perhaps of her own media company. She clearly has the management skills to excel in the field, plus the creative agency from her music endeavours. Furthermore, she completed a week of work experience at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment where she learnt the basics of video game development, which has given her foundational knowledge of an aspect of media.

Chesley’s ambition to use her captaincy position to have a positive impact on her peers and her greater community is what places her on our list of 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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