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Mansfield ag scholar expands Horizon in Canberra

Posted July 31, 2014

 

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Horizon Scholar recipient Mikaela Baker attended the 2014 Horizon summit from July 13-16, where 38 scholars from across Australia gathered in Canberra. 

As part of the scholarship Mikaela undertook public speaking exercises to help improve confidence, and also enjoyed a networking dinner where she had the opportunity to talk to industry leaders and voices of the agricultural sector.

“I am now a second year scholar, and this year we had the opportunity to tour Parliament and meet our local MPs and the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce,” Mikaela said. 

“I was fortunate enough to spend time with my local MP, Cathy McGowan MP for Indi where we discussed how to get youth involved in Ag in our local area.” 

Meeting with Ms McGowan gave Mikaela a burst of inspiration and she left with a task of thinking of ways to get more young people involved in the farming sector which is an integral part of Indi.

“It was such a rewarding experience to see her passion and eagerness to get youth more involved, especially in Agriculture,” she said.

“I am excited to continue to develop our partnership and work together for ways of improvement in our local area.”

Mikaela was also delighted to have been offered the opportunity along with fellow Horizon scholar Finn Cowden from the University of Sydney, to do work placement with Ms McGowan at Parliament. 

IMAGE: Horizon Scholar recipient Mikaela Baker meets with Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, in Canberra during the annual Horizon summit from July 13-16.