GLADSTONE wonder kid Andrew McLean was awarded a prestigious Secondary Schools Australian Citizenship Award in recognition of tireless hours devoted to his community.

After a hectic year, which included plenty of commitments to community and school events, Andrew was rewarded with one of only 14 awards handed out in Queensland to commemorate Australia Citizenship Day.

The Gladstone State High School captain is dedicated to helping others, heavily involved in the school charity group Interact Club as well as participating in the Mater Little Miracles Walk, volunteering for Rotary and acting as an ambassador for the Red Shield Doorknock Appeal and the local blood bank.

An aspiring physiotherapist and talented swimmer, Andrew said he saw high school as an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate.

"People get so caught up on Facebook and parties in high school, but it's really important to give back to the community, because I think a lot of youth are lacking that at the moment, they seem to be only concerned with themselves," he said.

He also raised $1000 for the Live Below the Line charity and helped form the Gladstone Captain's Alliance, an initiative helping school local leaders.

He hopes to start a charity group on the Gold Coast, where he intends to attend Griffith University next year.



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