Larissa makes royal bid for crown
IT was just another day at work for Larissa Johnson when a colleague suggested she nominate herself for the 2011 Jacaranda Queen title.
Although surprised by the suggestion, Larissa took her advice and is the fifth and final candidate vying for the crown.
“I was honoured when my workmate Kiara described me as a good role model, which is something I want to be seen as, and that made me realise how much I wanted to enter the competition,” Larissa said.
“I want to give local youth a voice and be someone little kids will want to look up to.”
A resident of Malabugilmah, Larissa describes herself as family orientated and spends her free time at home looking after her two-year-old sister Dora.
“My family is important to me and they're all so proud of me for nominating because not many indigenous people enter the Jacaranda Queen quest, and I'm excited to be a part of it. I'm especially looking forward to doing my fundraising and getting out into the community.”
An avid supporter of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team, Larissa works as a medical receptionist at the Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Centre in Grafton and says her job offers her the opportunity to learn about medicine and help the people from her community.
Larissa is being sponsored by Maclean Movie Central in her 2011 Jacaranda Queen campaign.