Cleve Area School student Sophie Nuske was named the 2019 SA Training Awards School-based Apprentice of the Year at an awards night in Adelaide last Friday.
This year Sophie has been balancing her Year 12 studies, boarding in Cleve part of the week, while undertaking an apprenticeship with Jenny and Bill Nosworthy at Sheringa near her family farm as part of her Certificate III Agriculture course.
Sophie said winning the School-based Apprentice of the Year title came as a surprise.
"I never expected it to happen," she said.
"I feel very honoured and privileged."
Bill Nosworthy, who took Sophie on as an apprentice about two years ago, was less surprised at the news.
He said she was the first apprentice they had taken on and she had set a very high standard with her motivation and ability to follow directions and pick up skills quickly.
"We're very impressed and very, very proud of her," he said.
Mr Nosworthy said Sophie was very mature for her age, and he was impressed at her ability to balance her work with her studies.
"Her teachers and mentors have been highly impressed with her," he said.
"She'll pick up other awards in her lifetime I'm sure."
It has been a big week for Sophie, who also competed at the Royal Adelaide Show and won the Young Judges Merino Fleece competition the day before the awards dinner.
"It was like a 48-hour adrenaline rush," Sophie said.
Both awards will take her to national competitions in the future, with the Apprentice of the Year award qualifying her to spend a week in Brisbane for the Australian Training Awards.
Her win in the Young Judges Merino Fleece competition will also see her travel to New Zealand next year to take part in the national competition.
Sophie said she had a long list of people to thank, including teachers Aleks Suljagic, Seonie Robst and Ray Marino and her friends and family who had helped support her through a very busy year.
She also thanked TAFE SA and Bill and Jenny Norsworthy, Robbie Siviour and Sam Wright for taking her on.