Brenna in running for Trainee of the Year accolade
KINGAROY State High School's Brenna Prendergast is doing her school and her region proud.
She has been selected as a finalist in the Darling Downs South West Regional Final for Trainee or Apprentice of the Year.
Last year, the inspirational school leader attained a Certificate III in Business while also completing her Year 11 studies.
Brenna finished the qualification under the watchful eyes of Queensland Rugby League operations manager for the Burnett, Lisa Anderson, and the Australian Training Company.
Her trainers suggested she should nominate for the awards because of the professionalism and efficiency she displayed in completing her qualification.
Brenna also proved she had great time management by completing the traineeship in just 12 months.
"They said it would take one-and-a-half or two years,” she said.
"I tried to get one module done each month.
"I'd spend every Tuesday from 9am-3pm on the traineeship, go to footy training and then go home and do school work.”
Brenna said she learnt a range of skills while completing her Certificate III in Business, from sporting administration and finance, to dealing with unhappy customers.
"If someone comes in yelling, you learn how to calm them down and talk them through it,” she said.
Brenna's father, Scott Prendergast, is a police sergeant in Kingaroy and she is keen to pursue a similar career path.
"I'd like to follow in Dad's footsteps and go into the police,” she said.
"I just have to wait until I'm 18.”
Brenna will attend the Darling Downs South West finals on July 26 in Gatton.
If she is successful, she will then go on to contend for the prestigious Queensland title.
"If I manage to win, then I have another phone interview for the Queensland awards,” she said.