BlogTrailblazerMaxim Blockley – Corowa High School | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2021

Maxim Blockley – Corowa High School | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2021

Trailblazer Maxim Blockley

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 Maxim navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2021!

Introducing: Maxim Blockley

Category: Social Impact and Change

School: Corowa High School

Career Aspiration: Computing and Science


  • Received Federation Council Young Australian of the Year Award 
  • NSW Youth Community Award
  • Youth Mayor of Federation Shire

What makes Maxim a Trailblazer?

Over the last few years, Maxim has been an active member of his youth council. In 2019 he joined the Federation Youth Council and made his way up the ranks, progressing to Deputy Youth Mayor and, shortly after, Youth Mayor of Federation Shire.

In these roles, Maxim worked closely with young people in his community, addressing ways to better their experiences as residents of the area. Some of this work included targeting mental health issues and providing various support services. Maxim’s hard work and community involvement was recognised when he received the Federation Council Young Australian of the Year Award and NSW Youth Community Award.

Maxim acknowledges that his position as Youth Mayor has given him some much needed confidence.

“Confidence is hard to muster in places where you are with unknown people and doing what you have done before. Thus, through my tenure within Federation Youth Council I have been thrown into different positions and events where I had to publicly speak, talk to journalists/local newspapers and be in a position where you can impact the community and the people within it.”

Maxim’s extracurricular portfolio doesn’t end there. He also was elected vice captain of his high school, coaches younger soccer teams and juggles part-time work while also helping out with the family business. 

Throughout Year 12, Maxim’s greatest challenge was staying motivated. Online learning, widespread lockdowns and uncertainty surrounding exam blocks made it very difficult for students to stay focused. It was hard having special events and carnivals — things which make the final year of high school so exciting — constantly cancelled or pushed back.

Maxim has received early entry for a double degree in Computing and Science. While he is still unsure exactly what he wants to pursue as a career path, he is keeping his options open. He is interested in secondary education and will possibly pursue this, or perhaps go down the cybersecurity pathway. 

Having learnt all about Maxim’s impressive achievements, it is no surprise that he has been selected as one of our Top 50 Trailblazer finalists!

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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