High school hands honours to graduates
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.
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.