SLC’s star stu­dents

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Catholic high school St Luke’s Col­lege ac­knowl­edged their stand-out stu­dents for 2018 at a school awards cer­e­mony last week.

Stu­dents and their fam­i­lies joined teach­ing staff for the an­nual event on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25 where Year 10, 11 and 12 stu­dents were recog­nised for high-achieve­ment in aca­demics, sports, cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The main stars of the cer­e­mony were the 53 grad­u­at­ing stu­dents of the Year 12 Class of 2018, rep­re­sent­ing a 98 per cent grad­u­a­tion rate for the co­hort.

The night’s main aca­demic prize, for Dux, went to 18-year-old Varun Ja­ha­gir­dar who achieved an im­pres­sive 24 A-grades through­out his Year 11 and 12 stud­ies.

He said Year 12 had been a “chal­leng­ing” year in which he’d had to work hard and make some sac­ri­fices to fo­cus on study, but he be­lieved the end re­sult had been worth it.

He also said next year he planned to study a Bach­e­lor of Med­i­cal Science at Monash Univer­sity in Melbourne (where his fam­ily is mov­ing to), with the aim of be­com­ing a doc­tor.

“In my classes I al­ways try to help out my peers if they need it, and I al­ways found it easy to help peo­ple, so I was choos­ing be­tween be­com­ing a teacher or a doc­tor,” he said.

“I thought those were the main pro­fes­sions where I could help peo­ple and that’s why I chose medicine.”

The run­ner-up dux or Prox­ime award was won by Priyan­shu Ma­lik.

In vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing, Ryan Loudon won the Year 12 Ex­cel­lence in VET Award and Re­becca Gath­mann Brandt took home Year 12 Achieve­ment in VET.

Richard Shaw was named the year’s Best All-Rounder, Mitchell Green­sill won the Prin­ci­pal’s Award and the Cit­i­zen­ship Award went to Chris­tine Zac­cheus.

Sa­tivka Sop­padandi won the Joy of Achieve­ment Award and Navyaa Shukla re­ceived the Long Tan Lead­er­ship prize.

Prin­ci­pal Michael Wil­liams said teach­ers ex­pected the Year 12s to per­form strongly in the up­com­ing ATAR ex­ams, and de­scribed the co­hort as a par­tic­u­larly close-knit group.

“Fifty-three stu­dents isn’t a huge co­hort, but they’re very close, and they’re very sup­port­ive of each other, and even in the 12 months that I’ve known them they’ve come an aw­fully long way,” he said.

“They’re just a great bunch of kids. I’m go­ing to miss them and I can only wish them all the very best for the fu­ture.”

Mr Wil­liams also used the oc­ca­sion to farewell St Luke’s, where he has been fill­ing in for prin­ci­pal Alanna Ot­way.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

St Luke’s Col­lege’s Year 12 spe­cial award win­ners.

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