In 10 years time James White wants to be running his own farm.
And he is well on his way to achieving that dream after receiving a Premier's VCE Award for excellence in agricultural and horticultural studies.
The Rutherglen High School student accelerated his VCE studies in 2018 completing the subject while in year 11 and said his "hard work paid off".
"When I found out I actually received a Premier's Award, I was like, wow, maybe I did do pretty well and my work paid off, so I was pretty happy," he said.
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"In ten years time I'd like to be running my own farm, living the dream, and actually seeing some good profits from it.
"I hope to be developing the family farm a bit more and being part of the new sustainable agriculture sector - leading a bit of change in the industry."
James' agricultural studies teacher Ron Webb said he thinks James will go into the research and development area.
James has worked really hard and it is sensational for other kids to see that with hard work and commitment, our students can match it with the best in the state.Principal Phil Rogers
"The reality is we need people who are going to be good at research and development," he said.
"And that is an area I think James may end up in. Research and development is important so that we can actually assist those people on the ground to actually be able to produce with less and do it better."
Rutherglen High School principal Phil Rogers said it was important for country students to have "role models achieving excellence".
"James has worked really hard and it is sensational for other kids to see that with hard work and commitment, our students can match it with the best in the state," he said.
More than 250 of Victoria's best students were recognised at this year's Premier's VCE Awards ceremony last week.
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