Ded­i­cated stu­dents thrilled with top re­sults

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

A TRIO of ded­i­cated stu­dents has the world at their feet after earn­ing OP 1s.

St Stephen's Catholic Col­lege stu­dents Dan­nielle McCor­mack, Celina Spena and Kate Wil­cox said the amaz­ing re­sults came as a re­lief and wel­come sur­prise.

All three were hop­ing to study health sciences, with Miss Spena aim­ing to go to QUT to study op­tom­e­try, Miss McCor­mack hop­ing to study medicine at the Univer­sity of Queens­land and Miss Wil­cox plan­ning to head to Mel­bourne to study medicine.

Miss Spena said while she did spend a lot of her fi­nal year in high school study­ing, hit­ting the books wasn’t ev­ery­thing.

“You need a bal­ance, other­wise you won’t be able to con­cen­trate or fo­cus prop­erly with­out hav­ing some ‘me time’,” she said.

Miss Spena said study­ing op­tom­e­try has been a longterm dream of hers.

“I first started think­ing about it as a ca­reer when I was in Year 6 and had to choose an in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure to do a pre­sen­ta­tion on,” she said.

“I chose Fred Hol­lows and I thought that was in­spir­ing and I kept think­ing it might be some­thing I would want to do.”

Miss McCor­mack said bi­ol­ogy classes sparked her in­ter­est in study­ing medicine.

“I just find it so in­ter­est­ing some of the stuff we did in class,” she said.

Miss Wil­cox said a sim­i­lar pas­sion for bi­ol­ogy in­spired her to pur­sue medicine.

“I think the hu­man body is just fas­ci­nat­ing,” she said.

“I think the fact we can walk and talk and read is just mind­blow­ing. I’ve al­ways wanted to give back and this is a way to do that and have a chal­lenge.”

St Stephen's Catholic Col­lege stu­dents Dan­nielle McCor­mack, Celina Spena and Kate Wil­cox earned OP 1s.

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