Meet WA’s top stu­dent

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

LEEM­ING res­i­dent Pooja Ramesh has not de­cided which univer­sity she will at­tend this year but as WA’s top stu­dent for 2018, she has more than earned the right to choose.

The 18-year-old was awarded the Bea­z­ley Medal just be­fore Christ­mas, hav­ing won WA sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion’s top hon­our for achiev­ing the high­est re­sults in 2018.

It has set her on a path to achiev­ing her ca­reer goals of be­com­ing a pae­di­a­tri­cian and join­ing Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (Doc­tors Without Bor­ders).

Pooja achieved the high­est WA Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion marks across five ATAR courses.

She 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.

“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 am think­ing be­tween UWA and Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.”

She said her par­ents sup­ported her through the high and low points.

“They have given me the val­ues I have to­day and they have pushed me to pur­sue my dreams and fol­low my goals,” she said.

“I am very grate­ful and hon­oured to be pre­sented with this award.

“It means that I have achieved what I re­ally wanted to set out to do this year.”

Bea­z­ley Medal win­ner Pooja Ramesh.

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