Wait over for ATARs

December 20, 2017

St Mary of the Angels dux Jake Hindmarsh and runner-up Mikaela Wood.

Cobram Secondary College dux Alex Gardner (right) and acting principal Kimberley Tempest.

High achiever: Cobram Anglican Grammar School dux Lillian Dunn.

Students across the state breathed a huge sigh of relief last week as they finally received their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Career mapped out

A career in civil engineering awaits Cobram’s Alex Gardner after he was named the dux at Cobram Secondary College.

After a nervous exam period, Alex said he was surprised with his ATAR of 90.05.

He now hopes to study at RMIT.

Alex will study civil engineering and business management with the aim of owning his own engineering firm in the future.

‘‘It’s something I’ve always had an interest in,’’ he said.

‘‘I love watching shows like Megastructures and I think it will be an interesting and rewarding career path.’’

Practice exams were the name of the game for Alex — he did as many as he could get his hands on and sought feedback from teachers.

‘‘I did all my practice under time constraints to get me used to working under pressure,’’ he said.

‘‘The teachers were my greatest resource. I consulted them about my weaknesses so it wouldn’t affect me during the exams.’’

Hard work ‘worth it’

When Lillian Dunn checked her phone on Friday morning, the realisation hit her that she had just gained entry into her ‘‘dream course.’’

With a score of 87.5, the Year 12 Cobram Anglican Grammar School student is guaranteed entry into a Bachelor of Science and Global Studies (double-degree) at Monash University, Melbourne.

Although stressed throughout the course of the year, Lillian said all of the hard work was ‘‘worth it in the end’’ and wanted to thank of all her teachers for their support and guidance.

School principal Stephen Gale thanked the students for all their hard work during the year and said he was proud of their efforts.

‘‘We congratulate Lillian on her fine achievement and celebrate all of our students as they move on to the next stage of their lives, in study and employment,’’ he said.

Double degree

Nathalia’s Jake Hindmarsh couldn’t wipe the smile of his face as he received the top score at Nathalia’s St Mary of the Angels Secondary College with 95.00.

Jake said he felt a mixture of relief and surprise when he checked his phone and found out his score.

He will now head to Melbourne to study a double degree in commerce and actuarial science at university with hopes of working as an actuary in the future.

‘‘I love economics and math and I want to combine the two,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m keen to learn more about how money drives the world.’’

Studying before and after school, Jake said VCE wasn’t as stressful as he’d expected.

‘‘I had lots of help from the great teachers we have at the school. They helped me so much and I couldn’t have done it without them,’’ he said.

‘‘I tried to do most of my study before school. That gave me time to have a social life after school.

‘‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw my score. I wanted 90 and I thought I was looking at someone else’s when I checked my phone.’’

Glad to be finished

Katamatite’s Mikaela Wood was overjoyed with her score of 91.80 — the second-highest at St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia.

Mikaela said she was pleased with her score and took a measured approach to her VCE experience.

‘‘I didn’t want to get caught up in the hype. People tend to make a big deal about it,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m glad to be finished. It’s a relief to stop thinking about it.

‘‘The teachers were a huge help for me. It was great to get their perspective on things to keep me moving forward.’’

Mikaela will now study a double degree of engineering and commerce at university while she decides what she wants to do for a career.

‘‘I don’t know what I want to do yet,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m going to get stuck into studying and see where it takes me.’’

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