Top stu­dents hope to pave ca­reer paths close to home

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Kelly Bell

Josie Dalla-Costa and Nisal Goon­er­atne may be the duxes of the East­ern Gold­fields Col­lege but both are happy to pur­sue ca­reers which keep them close to Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der and their fam­i­lies.

An­nounced as the best of the EGC class of 2015 on Mon­day night, both were sur­prised to take out the top hon­ours.

The best stu­dent for the school’s co­hort of stu­dents un­der­tak­ing a gen­eral path­way, Josie stud­ied English, tex­tiles, de­sign and vis­ual arts, and also un­der­took work­place learn­ing at Gold­fields Oa­sis Recre­ation Cen­tre.

English was Josie’s favourite sub­ject at school and she will have the op­por­tu­nity to pass her skills onto other stu­dents at EGC next year.

The 18-year-old has ac­cepted an of­fer to work as a tu­tor, and de- pend­ing how things turn out, might take on a teach­ing de­gree.

“It was my favourite sub­ject so I might as well give (tutoring) a shot and see where it takes me,” she said.

Mean­while Nisal, who has as­pi­ra­tions of be­ing a drafts­man, is busy pre­par­ing for his WA Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ams.

The dux of the school’s Aus­tralian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sion Rank stream stud­ied two maths sub­jects, physics, ac­count­ing and English.

The 17-year-old is hop­ing to un­der­take a trainee­ship lo­cally or study an ap­pro­pri­ate course via TAFE or cor­re­spon­dence.

Both thanked their teach­ers for all help they had re­ceived over the years, and Nisal had a word of ad­vice for fu­ture Year 12 stu­dents.

“Ask ques­tions, it is bet­ter to be 100 per cent sure about one ques­tion then to be 50 per cent sure about 100 ques­tions,” he said.

Pic­ture: Leti­cia Laing

East­ern Gold­fields Col­lege stu­dent duxes Josie Dalla-Costa and Nisal Goon­er­atne, 17.

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