IMOGEN CLARK, 18, lives in Bowen Mountain and was captain of Penrith High School in 2012.
She is also a singer-songwriter and has performed on stages from the Tamworth Music Festival to the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Imogen's other performances include support acts for The McClymonts, Matt Corby, Jack Carty and Amy Vee.
"People sometimes ask why I'm not going to uni or why I'm not studying something," Imogen said.
"But this is my only chance to do what I want."
Last year she graduated from the highly-selective NSW Talent Development Project, which trains young musicians.
"It's a bit scary," Imogen said. "They have professional musicians assessing us.
"They're pretty tough."
Last May her first commercial EP, Stories From a Porcelain City, was released.
She is now working with other musicians on her new album, Ceaseless Goodbye.
"I write songs based on personal experience; not always about love, but about friendship and places I visit," Imogen said.
"Ceaseless Goodbye is about dreams and what I hope to achieve."
She was recently shortlisted for the Australian Performing Rights Association's Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, being one of 35 artists selected from 3000 entrants.
Three final winners are eventually chosen.
"I'm not confident about being one of the winners, but being shortlisted is enough," Imogen said.
"To be shortlisted like artists I admire, such as Eskimo Joe, Kimbra, Gotye and Megan Washington, is awesome.
"I'm over the moon about it."
Imogen said people wanting to excel in the arts or other fields should follow their dreams, work hard and not listen to negativity.
She thanked her family and all those who have supported her.
GEETH GEEGANAGE, 19, lives in Blacktown and was captain of Penrith High School in 2011.
In 2012 he was elected to the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.
He is now president of Greater Western Sydney Young Labor and studies law and commerce at Macquarie University.
Geeth was recently, if momentarily, noticed on national television when he posed a question from the audience about multiculturalism and refugee policy on the ABC's Q&A.
"People from different cultures and backgrounds bring different things to the same table," he said.
"I believe it brings people together rather than divides them."
At present he is working on Greenway Labor MP Michelle Rowland's election campaign.
"I was elected to the Youth parliament as the member for Blacktown, became the Opposition Leader and later Youth Governor of the state, from 2012 to July, 2013," Geeth said.
"The Youth Parliament is apolitical; it's more about debating policies as they come up.
"But we learnt a lot and developed good relationships with many state MPs."
He said he had always been interested in politics and doing things differently.
"I got into the students representative council in year 8," Geeth said.
"We made a point of asking the students how they wanted money spent, instead of doing what we thought was right."
He said school politics, particularly his time as school captain, prepared him for the Youth Parliament.
He has not said whether he would want a career in politics, but is determined to get as many young people interested as possible.