Year 11 Casino High School student Carly Green works on an engineering project for her HSC. Carly, who wants to become a structural fitter or engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force, has won a Defence Technical scholarship.
Year 11 Casino High School student Carly Green works on an engineering project for her HSC. Carly, who wants to become a structural fitter or engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force, has won a Defence Technical scholarship. Doug Eaton

Dream scholarship for student

CARLY GREEN has been taking things apart and putting them back together since she was a little girl.

It’s a skill that helped the 16-year-old Casino High School Year 11 student win a coveted Defence Technical Scholarship.

The scholarship, designed to provide financial assistance to technically able Year 11 and 12 students interested in undertaking a trade in the Australian navy, army or air force, is worth $5000 and give’s Carly the chance to take part on the Defence Experience program later this year.

“It’s really good that I’ve got the scholarship, but it wasn’t something I was worried about because I wasalways going to join the air force,” Carly said.

“I want to become a structural fitter or an engineer.

“The scholarship is abonus, plus it means I can go to the Wagga Wagga air base in September as part of the Defence Experience program.

“I’m really looking forward to that.”

Carly’s passion for ‘fixing and making things’ stretches back to when she was about six years old. Together with a friend she used to play with Lego blocks.

She soon progressed to pulling apart radios and putting them back together – just for the fun of it.

These days Carly gets to pull car engines apart and put them back together as part of an automotive course she is doing at Wollongbar TAFE.

The softly spoken young woman is alsostudying metalwork and engineering as part of her HSC.

She is the only female in both her automotive and metalwork and engineering classes and fully expects to be outnumbered by the boys if she is fortunate enough to be accepted by the air force.

“I get along all right with boys, so I don’t think it will bother me,” Carly said.

She is also quietly confident that she is more than capable of doing whatever her male counterparts can do.

Carly was officially presented with her scholarship at a school assembly last week.



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