Congratulations to Faye Hooper, South Metropolitan TAFE's 2014 International Student of the Year!
Born and raised in South Africa, Faye spent every second weekend of her childhood on her family's game farm in neighbouring Botswana and followed her passion for the environment into a Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology course.
Ms Hooper aims to further her studies at university and a career dedicated to the environment in Western Australia.
"At a very young age I was exposed to Mother Nature and revelled in learning about and experiencing everything I could about wildlife and the bush," Ms Hooper said.
"I was lucky enough to have parents who understood the importance of following a dream and Challenger has bolstered my confidence in applying my knowledge to the pursuit of an environmental career," she said.
That confidence led to outstanding results and acceptance into a Bachelor of Science degree course at Murdoch University.
The Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology is offered at Challenger over three semesters and can lead to occupations such as an environmental technician or technical officer, assistant field hydrologist, water resource officer or catchment coordinator for local government and, with suitable experience, a supervisory role.
Challenger lecturer Linda Davies described Ms Hooper as extremely enthusiastic and said her voluntary activities outside of her studies had contributed to her success as a student.
A fervent advocate for the environment, Ms Hooper has served as a member or volunteer of a host of local environmental organisations and groups, including the Swan River Trust, Save Point Peron Group, Native Arc Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and public awareness campaigns in which Challenger has been a partner.