Beazley winners shine brightly
PERTH Modern School and Swan Valley Anglican Community School graduates have won WA secondary education’s top honour for achieving the highest results in 2018.
Leeming resident Pooja Ramesh (18) and Bullsbrook resident Jess Haydon (17) were awarded Beazley Medal by WA Governor Kim Beazley and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at Kings Park on December 21.
Pooja achieved the highest WA Certificate of Education marks across five ATAR courses, while Jess took out the top Vocational Education and Training (VET) award based on his strong performance in a VET program.
Pooja also won a general exhibition, subject exhibition and subject certificate of excellence for economics, a subject certificate of excellence for literature and mathematics methods, and a certificate of distinction.
Pooja said her “unbe- lievable” win was a shock.
“I never really thought I could achieve it,” she said.
“It means that I have achieved what I really wanted to set out to do this year, which was really just enjoy my subjects, do them justice and just make the most of this year.”
She said mental preparation went into Year 12.
“If I didn’t put in the focus, determination, selfmotivation and the drive, I felt like I wouldn’t get anywhere,” she said.
“Right now, because it is holidays, I am taking this opportunity to do a lot of volunteering activities and I am really enjoying that.
“After that, I really want to do medicine.
“I haven’t decided yet, but I’m thinking between UWA and University of Melbourne.”
Her future goals are to become a paediatrician and join Medecins Sans Frontieres charity.
Following Jess’s internship at construction company Ertech, he won a VET exhibition and VET certificate of excellence for construction industries and completed a certificate II in engineering pathways, civil construction and visual arts.
He said while the award was unexpected, it showed his hard work over the past two years had paid off.
“I’m actually employed by Ertech at the moment,” he said. “I’m shooting up to Barrow Island next Monday, which is a pretty big experience coming straight out of high school.”