School dux stayed fo­cused

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Belinda Cipriano

KARRINYUP res­i­dent and bud­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Fraser West has snapped up a Best and Bright­est Award in the Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (VET) cat­e­gory.

The Church­lands Se­nior High School stu­dent and fel­low class­mate Elisa Menegazzo are among 199 best and bright­est Year 12 stu­dents recog­nised by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in 2016.

Fraser, who will com­plete a Diploma of Pho­tog­ra­phy at Tafe next year, said he was hon­oured to win the award.

“I feel very proud be­ing se­lected as VET dux of Church­lands Se­nior High School and be­ing re­garded as one of the state’s bright­est stu­dents,” he said.

“I knew that fin­ish­ing with high marks would give me a greater num­ber of op­tions when ap­ply­ing for fur­ther stud­ies af­ter com­plet­ing high school.

“The op­por­tu­nity to be awarded the VET dux helped to mo­ti­vate me through­out my classes this year and kept me fo­cused on do­ing the best work pos­si­ble.”

The 18-year-old said he had thor­oughly en­joyed his time at Church­lands and had been of­fered many dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties to work out what ca­reer path he would choose.

“Church­lands of­fers a wide range of sub­jects in both ATAR and Non-ATAR path­ways,” he said.

“Through the work­place learn­ing pro­gram, I have had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent work en­vi­ron­ments and gain first-hand knowxledge of what th­ese ca­reers can of­fer you.

“The staff have helped and mo­ti­vated me to pro­duce the best work I can and while I am still un­sure of a spe­cific ca­reer I hope to pur­sue a line of work that in­volves pho­tog­ra­phy.”

Fraser said he also hoped to take his pho­tog­ra­phy around the world and ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

The award is pro­vided to the ATAR dux and the Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (VET) dux in each pub­lic se­condary school who meet the cri­te­ria.

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