School leavers look to the future
Wimmera high school graduates of 2018 can now turn their eyes to the future after receiving ATAR scores on Friday.
Students across the region achieved high scores, including several in the 90s.
Ararat Marian College student Breanne Cole achieved the highest ATAR score of any Wimmera student with a score of 98.05.
She narrowly edged out Horsham St Brigid’s College student Gerard Natividad, who scored 98.00.
Horsham College’s Harley Dickerson was his college’s dux with a score of 92.90.
Natividad and Dickerson were captains at their respective schools, as was Murtoa College’s Maddison Morgan, who topped her school with a score of 91.80.
Donald High School’s Marco Sy was the highest achieving student at his school with an ATAR of 87.45.
Warracknabeal Secondary College’s dux was Rebecca Hunter with 88.60.
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College’s Caitlyn Glover and Edenhope College’s Jasmin Tucker were their school’s duxes, but their scores were not released.
Kaniva and Stawell colleges announce their duxes this week.
Nhill College principal Mark Zimmerman said his school awarded its dux not to the student with the highest ATAR, but the student with the will highest aggregate study scores before scaling.
Courtney Koop was the school’s dux after achieving an ATAR of 84.85, while Charlotte Kube had the highest ATAR with 87.35.
Mr Zimmerman praised the college’s year 12s as ‘a fantastic bunch of students’ and wished them well for the future.
Marian College principal Carmel Barker said the college was proud of its students for their hard work during the year.
She said dux Breanne Cole wanted to recognise fellow students Cameron Hancock and Gabrielle Mcguckian, who also achieved ATARS in the 90s.
Horsham College’s Dickerson said he would pursue a law degree at Monash University.
“I made the decision to push hard for a score of 90-plus at the start of the year, so to get above that is fantastic,” he said.
“What worked for me was doing all my work once I got it.
“I know other people have their own study routines, but I found that doing everything as soon as I got it helped keep things simple.”
Horsham College careers and pathways advisor Caroline O’donnell said it was important for students to remember there were other pathways towards dream careers if they did not achieve the scores they wanted.
“Our careers office will be open until the change of preference period closes, and there are a range of pathways to almost any career,” she said.
“There are a lot of options for students out there.”
TOP ACHIEVERS: Some of Horsham College’s highest-achieving students for 2018 are, from left, Sharon Ruth, 81.10 ATAR, Lucy Hobbs, declined to say, Evie Wallace, 87.95, dux Harley Dickerson, 92.90, Matt Mcculloch, 91.70, Brayden Helyar, 82.00, and Zach Smith, 86.95.Picture: COLIN MACGILLIVRAY