BlogTrailblazerIsabella Turner – Hunter Valley Grammar School | Top 50 Year 11 & Year 12 Trailblazer 2023

Isabella Turner – Hunter Valley Grammar School | Top 50 Year 11 & Year 12 Trailblazer 2023

Isabella Turner

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 Isabella navigated their senior schooling differently throughout 2023!

Introducing: Isabella Turner

Category: Social Impact & Change

School: Hunter Valley Grammar School

State: NSW

Career Aspiration: Healthcare or Politics


  • Leading a project to fight period poverty in Vietnam, raising awareness and funds for reusable period products.
  • Organising a service trip to Vietnam with 40 peers to build infrastructure in a hillside community, requiring fundraising of $15,000.
  • Active involvement as Director and Treasurer of the Leo Club, a youth organisation under Lions Australia.
  • Participating in various extracurricular activities such as netball, Girl Guides, volleyball, TOM competitions, public speaking, cattle team, rowing, and music ensembles.
  • Currently working as an Assistant in Nursing at Peter Badcoe House in Newcastle.

What makes Isabella a Trailblazer?

Isabella is a driven and compassionate individual who has shown a remarkable dedication to creating positive change. While she has accomplished numerous achievements in recent years, her current project to fight period poverty stands out as a testament to her commitment to making a difference.

Isabella’s project involves a service trip to Vietnam, where she and her peers will work alongside local tradespeople to build infrastructure in a hillside community. To support this initiative, Isabella took it upon herself to raise funds amounting to $15,000. Recognising the need for a personal and impactful contribution, she decided to focus on reusable period products, addressing the issue of menstrual inequities faced by women globally.

Isabella actively engaged her school community in this endeavour. She shared her initiative during the International Women’s Day breakfast, raising awareness about period poverty and the challenges faced by approximately 500 million women worldwide. To fund the purchase of reusable period products, she successfully organised a plant stall and hosted a collection drive. Through these efforts, Isabella not only raised funds but also increased awareness of this critical issue.

While the distribution of the reusable period products is yet to occur, Isabella’s work has already made a significant impact by shedding light on the inequities faced by women and the crucial role that access to menstrual products plays in their lives. By providing these products, Isabella hopes to contribute to improving the lives of young women in Vietnam, empowering them to stay in school, feel valued, and avoid the challenges of menstruating without adequate resources.

Isabella’s empathy and reflection on the situation of these girls have helped shape her perspective and build her capacity for understanding and supporting others. This valuable skill will undoubtedly benefit her in her future endeavours, particularly in the healthcare industry, where she intends to pursue a career.

In addition to her project to fight period poverty, Isabella is actively involved in various extracurricular activities. Her leadership roles in the Leo Club, as well as her participation in sports, public speaking, and music ensembles, demonstrate her commitment to making a positive impact in multiple areas of her life.

Furthermore, Isabella’s current employment as an Assistant in Nursing at Peter Badcoe House showcases her determination and willingness to face challenging situations head-on. Despite discouragement from others due to her age, she remains dedicated to her work, solidifying her passion for the healthcare industry.

Isabella’s relentless pursuit of creating positive change and her compassionate nature make her a true Trailblazer. Her project to fight period poverty in Vietnam exemplifies her ability to identify pressing issues and take tangible actions to address them. Through her leadership roles and involvement in various activities, Isabella consistently demonstrates her commitment to making a difference. With her determination, empathy, and passion, Isabella Turner 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.

Want to know how to build out a resume like Isabella’s? Check out our resume writing guide!

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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