Hills students meet their mentors

Students from nine high schools in The Hills will test their creative and leadership capabilities through the 2014 Max Potential program.

Max Potential: Coach Cynthia Painter, a training designer, and Model Farms High School student Kar Lei Young.

Max Potential: Coach Cynthia Painter, a training designer, and Model Farms High School student Kar Lei Young.

Max Potential: Northholm Grammar student Nick Luca-Hancock, with Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne, council's media and communications officer Alex Cauchi, and manager of coaching and accreditation at Future Achievement Australia,  Des Ong.

Max Potential: Northholm Grammar student Nick Luca-Hancock, with Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne, council's media and communications officer Alex Cauchi, and manager of coaching and accreditation at Future Achievement Australia, Des Ong.

Max Potential: Castle Hill RSL group marketing manager Melanie Morson and Rouse Hill  Anglican College student Grace Barclay.

Max Potential: Castle Hill RSL group marketing manager Melanie Morson and Rouse Hill Anglican College student Grace Barclay.

Max Potential: Castle Hill RSL human resources manager Brent Williams, with mentee Laura McInnes form Castle Hill High School.

Max Potential: Castle Hill RSL human resources manager Brent Williams, with mentee Laura McInnes form Castle Hill High School.

Max Potential: Coach and  Michelle O'Shea, a lecturer at The University of Western Sydney, and Marian College student Joanna Thomson.

Max Potential: Coach and Michelle O'Shea, a lecturer at The University of Western Sydney, and Marian College student Joanna Thomson.

Max Potential: Coach Mark Bannister, a financial controller, Crestwood High School student Brandon Lau, and Castle Hill RSL vice president Rick Cumming.

Max Potential: Coach Mark Bannister, a financial controller, Crestwood High School student Brandon Lau, and Castle Hill RSL vice president Rick Cumming.

Run by Castle Hill RSL for the past six years, the program offers 20 weeks of personal development coaching to young people to help them maximise their potential in their final school years and beyond.

Max Potential asks community, business, industry, school and church leaders to coach the students and give them life and employment skills.

Event Cinemas Castle Hill general manager Frank Urizar said the program engaged, challenged and empowered students.

‘‘The goal of quality coaching goes hand in hand with the goal of good management and the skills learnt along the way can be applied to all aspects of life,’’ he said.

Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said she looked forward to seeing the achievements of the students involved.

“Council is only too happy to support such a highly regarded program which helps young residents achieve their goals and unlock their potential,’’ she said.

This year’s participants are:

Dalia Al Haj Qasem, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

Branden Dorahy, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

Grace Murdoch, Kellyville High School

Geoff Bracken, Kellyville High School

Georgia Bennetts, Model Farms High School

Kar Lei Young, Model Farms High School

Grace Barclay, Rouse Hill Anglican College

Benjamin Razey, Rouse Hill Anglican College

Emily Redknap, Northholm Grammar

Katie Bowman, Northholm Grammar

Nick Luca-Hancock, Northholm Grammar

Ella Tessarolo, Marian College

Joanna Thomson, Marian College 

Michelle Acheson, The Hills Grammar School

Laura Mclnnes, Castle Hill High School

Vanii Pillay, Crestwood High School

Brandon Lau, Crestwood High School

Arjun Sekhar, Crestwood High School