Josh to pass on his good education
By MARY MANN
'I felt like everything I'd worked for paid off,' he says
JOSH CREIGHTON, 17, may have started his high school career with marks of Cs and Ds, but he's ended it with an impressive UAI score of 95.55.
The Richmond River High School Year 12 graduate hopes to use his top marks to lead the way in Aboriginal education.
"I felt like everything I'd worked for paid off in one little moment of joy," said Josh, from Modanville.
"My goal was to break the stereotypical representation of indigenous people by getting a high UAI."
He said the motto that helped him to get such a great UAI was 'write what you know'.
"When I started going with what I knew, I started getting good marks," he said.
Josh said he had received a Summerland Credit Union scholarship to complete a double degree in indigenous studies and law at Southern Cross University in Lismore.
"I'm really passionate about improving the education system, especially for indigenous people," he said.
"I hope that my degree will enable me to take my family history and place it in a more plausible social context so that I can discuss it with my people."
Josh, whose family derives from the Badtjala nation at Fraser Island, said he had been writing a book in his spare time.
"The main character is a true leader named Piari Nia, meaning 'be near me'."
Josh said he had also been designing a software program that was likely to be implemented by Richmond River High School in a few years.