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.