LUCINDALE'S Kelly Ferguson couldn't believe it when she found out she was the 2014 Australia Day young citizen of the year.
"I was very, very surprised but really happy," she said. "It's very nice to be recognised."
A recent graduate from Lucindale Area School, the teen gets involved with school and community projects whenever she can.
She was the deputy school captain last year - a role she enjoyed and found rewarding.
"We were basically trying to find better ways to improve the school, teaching, student numbers and Student Representative Council involvement," she said.
"It was really exciting helping out and looking to the future."
Kelly was on the formal organising committee and last year she was one of about a dozen local youth who helped paint the Lucindale skate park under the guidance of local teacher and artist JoJo Spook.
She has played for the Lucindale Netball Club since she was little and is also involved with the sailing club at Kingston.
"My dad was really into sailing and got me interested in it too," she said.
"During summer there are weekly Saturday races. I sail with my dad and my sister in a big catamaran.
"We've won a few trophies."
Kelly will study paramedic science at Flinders University this year and hopes to one day be a doctor.