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Joseph Stanley – O’Connor Catholic College | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2021

Trailblazer Joseph Stanley

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 Joseph navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2021!

Introducing: Joseph Stanley

Category: Business & Entrepreneurship

School: O’Connor Catholic College

Career Aspiration: Australian Public Service/Law


  • TAFE NSW Technology and Business Services Student of the Year 2021
  • Young Citizen of the Year for Local Australia Day Awards
  • School Vice Captain

What makes Joseph a Trailblazer?

From Gurya, a town in regional NSW, Joseph was highly active in both his school and local community. With a passion for helping others and giving back to the community that raised him, Joseph was involved in his school’s SRC, worked at local cafes, and partook in public speaking competitions. Joseph’s community recognised his commitments as he received Young Citizen of the Year for his local Australia Day awards. 

Joseph also received the TAFE NSW Technology and Business Services Student of the Year 2021. He was given the opportunity to participate in the TAFE NSW Virtual Open Day, which was a stepping stone for Joseph’s confidence. This led to his involvement in the National Youth Science Forum and the Lion’s Youth of the Year Program.

These opportunities have broadened Joseph’s horizons, and led him to approaching new challenges and finding different ways to serve his community throughout Year 12. As part of his school’s SRC, Joseph was able to take on more responsibilities within his school, such as new water facilities and improving uniforms. This newfound leadership brought Joseph to take on new roles at his work from an administrative perspective, developing promotional materials.

Taking on a heavy load of work and community service on top of Year 12 study, was no easy feat for Joseph. Coming from a low socioeconomic background with the expense of tertiary education in the near future, Joseph had to take on casual jobs to help out his family. Raised with the will to continuously give back to his community, working did not stop Joseph from volunteering. This includes the Armidale Regional Youth Advisory Committee and Project Green, where schools collected reusable feminine hygiene products to donate to local charities. 

“Success used to mean the highest remuneration package, although I now envision success being gained through positive contributions and acts.”

Whilst also studying Business Services in high school, Joseph sees himself venturing down the business pathway and potentially working in public service.

Selflessly giving back to his community, and being involved in areas from business to charity, Joseph is one of our Top 50 Trailblazers for 2021!

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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