Future’s looking bright for Alyssa after balanced approach to exams

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Albany Senior High School’s Alyssa Ward performed with distinction in her ATAR exams.
Camera IconAlbany Senior High School’s Alyssa Ward performed with distinction in her ATAR exams. Credit: Liam Croy

With two parents and a sister in the field of medicine, Alyssa Ward is not short of examples to follow.

Judging by her ATAR results, she is not short of ability, either.

Ms Ward, 18, was the only ATAR student from the Great Southern to receive a subject certificate of excellence for finishing in the top 0.5 per cent in the State for a particular subject.

She studied English, human biology, mathematics methods, physics and physical education.

It was her English marks that earned her such high recognition.

“I do like to read at home quite a bit, and creative writing’s probably my favourite part of English,” Ms Ward said.

“I enjoy that side of it.

“I honestly wasn’t really expecting the English result.”

Ms Ward was named the academic dux of Albany Senior High School last month after recording straight As during her final two years.

Last week, she was named one of three Albany Senior High School ATAR students to receive an overall certificate of distinction.

She started her end-of-year preparation about a month out from exams, working on her weakest areas first.

A strong basketball player who was co-captain of ASHS’ country week squad, she used sport to help maintain a sense of balance during study.

“I don’t sit down for three hours on end and study, study, study,” Ms Ward said.

“I get up and go for walks and do other things like play sport — try to make sure that I balance things out and don’t work myself too hard.”

If all goes to plan for the high achiever, she will be studying medicine at the University of WA next year.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Ms Ward said. “I’ve had family in the occupation.

My sister’s just gone to uni and she’s doing that as well.”

“I’d just like to help people and I’m really interested in that side of science.”

CERTIFICATES OF DISTINCTION

Albany Senior High School

Owen Gust

Sophie Lambert

Alyssa Ward

Great Southern Grammar

Amber Divich

Sarah Hearle

Jorja Williamson

North Albany Senior High School

Jade Dekker

Apryl Oreo

St Joseph’s College

Jared Wiegele

Alex Winter

Denmark Senior High School

Neave Garland

Iyke Martin-Gordon

Ella Neunuebel

William Roocke

WA College of Agriculture — Denmark

Deahna Keam

Neroli Weatherhead

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