GRAFTON girl Katie Hirst decided back when she entered the junior Jacaranda competition that she would one day compete for the
GRAFTON girl Katie Hirst decided back when she entered the junior Jacaranda competition that she would one day compete for the

Jaca candidate living her dream

By EMMA CORNFORD

The 18-year-old has also been involved in Jacaranda for the past 11 years with dancing, so when Roches Hotel asked her to enter the competition this year, she figured now was the time to go for it.

"When they asked it came at a good time when I was thinking about getting a sponsor and I was really flattered so I decided to do it," she said.

The Grafton local, who is doing a business administration traineeship, works at the Rural Lands Protection Board.

She has already started organising fundraising raffles and a few events, including a theatre night, guessing competition and golf day.

Ms Hirst also has a supportive family behind her.

"Mum went in the Jacaranda Queen competition, but she had to pull out when she got really sick," she said.

"I'm really looking forward to going to all the more formal events I didn't really get to go to in the junior compe- tition."



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