High school hands hon­ours to grad­u­ates

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Eighty-nine Kar­ratha Se­nior High School Year 12 stu­dents rounded off a year of growth and hard work at their grad­u­a­tion and awards pre­sen­ta­tion night last Wed­nes­day.

It was a night where stu­dent, teacher and par­ent emo­tions ran high at see­ing off the ma­ture co­hort, who have been the first year group at the school to fin­ish the new na­tional cur­ricu­lum sub­jects in­tro­duced last year.

A heart­felt vale­dic­tory speech by school cap­tains Elly Parker and Har­ri­son At­tard was a stand-out and deputy prin­ci­pal Deb­bie English held back tears while de­liv­er­ing the fi­nal ad­dress.

While grad­u­a­tion was cel­e­brated as an achieve­ment in it­self, course and spe­cial awards paid trib­ute to ex­cel­lence in spe­cific ar­eas of school life.

The aca­demic awards were a re­mark­ably even play­ing field, with a num­ber of stu­dents pick­ing up two or three each.

Abi­gail van der Made was an­nounced dux, Con­nor Austin the run­ner-up and Sa­chith Edus­suriya the over­all best in vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Abi­gail, who wants to study bio­med­i­cal sci­ence or marine sci­ence at Mur­doch Univer­sity next year, said the stu­dents had been in close com­pe­ti­tion to take out the top aca­demic prizes.

“It is a huge hon­our,” she said of win­ning dux. “I know a lot of peo­ple re­ally worked hard.”

Friends Emilee John and Hol­lie Pass­more were ex­cited to take home the two na­tional awards of the Cal­tex best all rounder award and Long Tan lead­er­ship and team­work, re­spec­tively.

Prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer McMa­hon said the 2016 grad­u­ates were self­de­ter­mined and had coped “ad­mirably” with the WACE aca­demic changes they had faced.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School 2016 aca­demic award win­ners Sa­chith Edus­suriya and Con­nor Austin, both 17, Abi­gail van der Made, school cap­tains Har­ri­son At­tard and Elly Parker and prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer McMa­hon.

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