School leavers look to the fu­ture

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - End Of School - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

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

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