Meet WA’s top student
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.