ALANA Murray is cracking the whip towards a big career in politics.
The 17-year-old Heights College student returned to school yesterday after spending her holidays representing the Keppel electorate in the Queensland Youth Parliament.
Not only was Alana part of the leadership team while in Brisbane, she was elected the chief government whip.
"It was a surprise for three reasons," Alana said.
"Because I was the youngest, it was my first year in the program and because I was a girl."
Alana made lots of friends with the same political interests, something she doesn't find very often in other teenagers.
"Everybody was so passionate, so open minded."
Before returning to Yeppoon, Alana also attended a literary dinner with John Howard, and was excited to have been able to talk briefly with him and get a personally signed copy of his book.
"He was a brilliant orator, talking off the cuff.
"I hope one day I am half as good as him."
The whole experience has reaffirmed her desire to study law and politics at university next year, and following up on some internships.
Looking back at where her passion for politics stems from, Alana said it was as a child, watching her father and grandfather have 'heated discussions' around the table.
"I admired that passion.
"I wanted to sit at the table and have heated discussions."