After taking home the mirror ball trophy as the winner of Dancing With the Stars Season 21, Bindi Irwin has just accomplished something even more impressive: The 17-year-old daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has graduated high school… and completed several college courses too.
This time around, though, she won’t be getting a trophy for her excellent work. Instead, the teen’s late father had something waaaay cooler picked out for when Bindi’s big day came, with her mother on hand to help carry out his wishes: a new truck.
“It was actually my dad’s idea,” Bindi said when asked about her graduation present in an exclusive interview with ET. “He said, ‘When Bindi gets old enough, I want to make sure that she has a really good truck.’ And Mom said, ‘We’ll wait until she graduates and we’ll get her one.’ So, we’re going to. I’m going to help to buy it, but it will really, really be a fun adventure for us.”
Okay, we’re getting misty: Bindi clearly shared a very special bond with her father, and this graduation endeavor is just the latest symbol making clear that he’ll always play an important role in her life.
Just a few weeks ago, Bindi posted this touching #TBT snap, captioned: “I love you. I hope I’m making you proud.”
It sure sounds like she’s doing just that: Now that she’s completed her schoolwork, Bindi plans to continue her father’s legacy by following in his footsteps and working at the Australia Zoo alongside her mom and younger brother. She’s also currently writing a book and, perhaps most unbelievable of all, she’s turning 18 tomorrow! That’s right, Bindi has accomplished all this (and more!), and she’s not yet even legal.
Perhaps her dad’s graduation plan could also double as a memorable b-day surprise?
Congratulations, Bindi — you’ve earned it!
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(h/t ET, photos via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)