Mak­ing their mark

Guardian Express - - GUARDIAN - Kristie Lim

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.

Pooja Ramesh (18) and Jess Hay­don (17) were awarded the 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 “un­be­liev­able” win had not sunk in yet.

“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.”

Her fu­ture goals are to be­come a pae­di­a­tri­cian and join Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (Doc­tors Without Bor­ders).

Af­ter 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 that his hard work over the past two years had paid off.

“It shows that peo­ple be­lieve in my as­pi­ra­tions; it just gives me a big boost of con­fi­dence to go far in the fu­ture,” he said.

“I’m ac­tu­ally em­ployed by Ertech at the mo­ment and I am shoot­ing up to Bar­row Is­land next Mon­day, which is a pretty big ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing straight out of high school.”

Bea­z­ley medal­list Pooja Ramesh... for a com­plete list of award win­ners, visit www.scsa.wa.edu.au.

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