They say leadership can't be taught and great leaders can be hard to find, but walk through the doors of Bordertown High School and you'll find plenty of them.
One of those leaders is Year 12 student Amelia Hinge, who was recognised at the SA Student Citizenship Awards reception held at Government House on October 22.
His Excellency the Governor of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC hosted the reception to announce the top 12 South Australian Student Citizenship Award recipients for 2019.
The Student Citizenship Awards is the flagship program of the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association.
Amelia, along with the other recipients, received a certificate and plaque for her significant contribution to her school community through her leadership and commitment.
A great honour, Amelia remembers the moment that she found out that she had been announced as a recipient of the award.
"When I received the email saying I had been awarded an Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award I was very surprised," Amelia said.
Being surprised was an understatement, before receiving the congratulatory email, she had never heard of the award before and didn't know the meaning behind the honour.
"After learning more about it and the criteria for applicants I was very honoured to have been nominated by the school and acknowledged as fitting the amazing criteria," Amelia said.
Over the past three years, the contributions she has made at school level has allowed for her to showcase a number of her fantastic leadership qualities.
From Year 10-12, she has become a highly respected member of the high school's SRC, receiving the honour of becoming president this year.
The love for being a part of countless student committees started at a young age, with Amelia enjoying her experiences with Bordertown Primary School's 'Kids' Voice'.
"In these roles over the years I have been a part of numerous committees within the school and been involved in many fundraising and activities/events within the school," Amelia said.
She said being part of the SRC complemented her individual leadership traits perfectly, as it allowed her become the "voice of the students", whilst doing something she enjoyed.
"I love contributing to fundraising events and being the voice of the students," Amelia said.
"When I was nominated and elected by peers for these roles I was honoured to continue as well as for the enjoyment and personal development I was seeing," Amelia said.
With Year 12's across the state completing their exams, Amelia is preparing for the next exciting stage of her life, which is likely to involve attending university next year.
"My future ambitions involve hopefully moving to Adelaide next year to study at university to become an occupational therapist," Amelia said.
Amelia is once again another example of the fantastic individuals that are scattered throughout the Tatiara and with her whole life ahead of her there's no doubt she'll continue to impress.