Students in a class of their own
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) (pictured right) and Jess Haydon (17) were awarded Beazley Medals by WA Governor Kim Beazley and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at Kings Park last month.
Pooja achieved the highest WA Certificate of Education marks across five ATAR courses, while Jess took out the top Vocational Education and Training award (VET) based on his strong performance in a VET program.
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.
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 were to become a paediatrician and join the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
Following Jess’s internship at construction company Ertech, he won a VET exhibition and VET certificate of excellence for construction industries.
He also 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.
For a complete list of the award winners, visit www.scsa.wa.edu.au.
Picture Andrew Ritchie
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