Nice sur­prise

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla’s Gabrielle Pat­ter­son has been re­warded for her hard work at Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar School achiev­ing an ATAR of 97.4.

Gabrielle, the cur­rent GV Gram­mar School Cap­tain, said the re­sult was a nice sur­prise and she was now pre­par­ing for univer­sity next year.

‘‘It’s quite a re­lief to fi­nally have my score. It’s just a good sur­prise I guess. I was pretty con­tent be­fore to­day with how I’d done, so get­ting the re­sult was great,’’ Gabrielle said.

‘‘I wasn’t very ner­vous wait­ing on the re­sult. I guess I knew that I’d put the ef­fort in all year. I needed an ATAR of 86 to get into the course I wanted and I knew I’d put the hard yards in, so it was just more an­tic­i­pa­tion rather than be­ing ner­vous.

‘‘Through­out the year I just played to my strengths, and iden­ti­fied my weak­nesses early on.

‘‘In term one you push your­self and learn good habits and just fol­low that on the rest of the year.’’

Gabrielle has opted not to take a gap year and is plan­ning on head­ing straight to univer­sity.

‘‘I plan to go to RMIT to study in­dus­trial de­sign with me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘In the mean­time I’m go­ing to Mel­bourne to visit my brother and sis­ter to cel­e­brate.

‘‘So we’ll have a fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion, which will be our Christ­mas as we can’t be to­gether on Christ­mas Day this year.’’

Gabrielle’s ad­vice to stu­dents un­der­tak­ing their VCE next year was to play to their strengths and choose sub­jects they en­joy.

‘‘It’s easy to be pas­sion­ate about some­thing you en­joy,’’ she said.

Jemma Kaine

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