Full marks for top achievers

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
North Albany Senior High School ATAR dux Apryl Oreo.
Camera IconNorth Albany Senior High School ATAR dux Apryl Oreo. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The region’s brightest students achieved impressive results in ATAR and VET courses as duxes at schools across Albany and Denmark have been revealed.

North Albany Senior High School’s Apryl Oreo is one of the high achievers.

She received a near-perfect record in her five years of high school, receiving an A grade for 63 classes — there were only four classes in her entire secondary education that she did not receive an A grade. With a record like this, she was awarded the school’s ATAR Dux award. Even more impressive is that Ms Oreo worked two jobs during her Year 12 studies, which she said helped her rather than restrained her.

“You can have a job and do well still,” she said. “A lot of people tell that you have to study instead but I think it was good for me to have a balance. It gave me a good time management because I had a set time to study so I made the most of it, and I think having a sport is important as well.” With a gap year ahead of her, she plans to move to Perth at the end of 2020 and study medicine.

Relieved her Year 12 is over, she said she was looking forward to relaxing, although her final year of schooling was not as stressful as she thought it would be.

Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar, Australian Christian College, St Joseph’s College, Denmark Senior High School and WA College of Agriculture Denmark have also announced their top students.

North Albany Senior High School

ATAR DUX

Apryl Oreo

During the past five years she has had a near-perfect record, accumulating a total of 63 A grades, only conceding an A on 4 occasions. She studied chemistry, English, human biology, mathematics methods and physical education studies.

VET DUX

Alaura Bradley

Completed the Certificate III in Individual Support while working at Activ Foundations. She achieved a very high level in her studies and excelled in the workplace.

Albany Senior High School

ATAR DUX

Alyssa Ward

Achieved at an exemplary level during her final two years and received straight As for all courses. She was also the co-captain for the ASHS Country Week squad in 2019.

VET DUX

Ciara Sugg

Studied a vocational Pathway, which saw her complete a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation, receiving 10 A grades in Year 12.

Great Southern Grammar

ATAR DUX

Riku Okada

Won the Subject Merit Award for chemistry: ATAR, mathematics methods: ATAR, mathematics specialist: ATAR, and physics: ATAR. He also received a Certificate of Excellence for maintaining high consistency across all of his demanding courses and was awarded the Audrey Jackson AM Medal for the highest ranked Year 12 student based on best five ATAR, including at least a C grade in English.

VET DUX

Amelia Page

Received the Subject Merit Award for Certificate II in Music Industry, Drama: General, and Visual Arts: General. She has also been presented with the Wholly School Assessed Award for the highest achieving VET and General student.

Australian Christian College

TOP STUDENT

Annaliese Poole

Achieved excellent results across a range of demanding subjects. She worked collaboratively with staff and students to better support and mentor younger students within the college community. In 2018 she took part in an international service trip to Cambodia where she learned about the responsibilities Australians hold as members of the global community. She has received an early acceptance offer into Curtin University to study engineering.

St Joseph’s College

ATAR DUX

Alex Winter

Has achieved high results in five ATAR subjects: religion and life, human biology, English, mathematics applications and health studies. She was selected as head prefect for 2019 where she has been an outstanding leader at the college.

VET DUX

Caitlin Williams

Successfully completed a School-Based Traineeship to complete her Certificate III in Business as well as completing a Certificate II and III in Animal Health, a Certificate II in Business and a Certificate II in Finance.

Denmark SHS

ATAR DUX

Neave Garland

Achieved the highest marks in the school’s ATAR course of study. She has participated in a wide range of school-related activities and was an outstanding contributor to the Year 12 student body.

VET DUX

Faith Macbeth

Achieved the highest aggregate across the school’s General and Certificate Courses. Completed two Certificate II and one Certificate III over the past two years at school and at Southern Regional TAFE. She undertook 404 hours of Workplace learning over the two years in a host of various local workplaces. Faith has also completed a Certificate III as a part of a school based traineeship.

WA College of Agriculture Denmark

COLLEGE DUX

Deahna Keam

The highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12. She was also a leader of the school as head girl for 2019.

VET TOP STUDENT

Zac Mostert

Excelled in vocational education training.

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