Bea­z­ley win­ners shine brightly

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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