It's been an incredible 18 months for one of Singleton's brightest young stars, Taylor Giggins.
Since being awarded Singleton's 2018 Young of Achiever of the Year Award during official Australia Day proceedings in 2018, Taylor has been on a journey of self-discovery and professional development, culminating in her experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) as the first recipient of the Young Achiever of the Year Scholarship.
Presenting at Council's July ordinary meeting last night, Taylor paid tribute to the opportunities the Young Achiever scholarship afforded her at RYLA, learning about teamwork and the role of leaders.
"RYLA taught me about the importance of communication, how to be resilient, the importance of serving others, how to set smart goals and the importance of keeping your values at the core of who you are and considering those of others," she said.
"All of these incredible opportunities have allowed me to impact and hopefully positively change people's lives and this is all thanks to the beautiful Singleton community that I have grown up in.
"Thank you for supporting me on not only my journey to RYLA, but for all the opportunities I have gained from living in our gorgeous town."
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said it was inspiring to see a young person from Singleton chasing their dreams and exploring their desire to create positive change in the world.
"It is so wonderful to see Taylor thriving and that we, as a community, are playing a small role in supporting to seize new opportunities through initiatives such as the Young Achiever of the Year Scholarship.
"I very much look forward to hearing of Taylor's journey in future years and wish her all the very best.
"And there are many young people in Singleton, just like Taylor, who have their own dreams and potential to advance the world around us.
"I encourage anyone who knows someone worthy of the Young Achiever of the Year Award Scholarship to submit an entry into the Australia Day Awards when submissions open later in the year."
Since becoming Singleton's Young Achiever of the year, Taylor has also received a coveted Glencore university scholarship, been named the Rotaract of the Year award, won the Singleton Showgirl competition, taken on numerous mentoring roles including the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), become Vice President of her Rotaract Club in Canberra, volunteers with the Canberra Raiders NRL team, and at the end of this month, will shave her head to raise funds for cancer.
(READ ABOUT HER HEAD SHAVE IN TODAY'S SINGLETON ARGUS)