IT WAS all smiles on Friday as Kyabram’s duxes celebrated their academic efforts over the past year.
Year 12s across Victoria anxiously waited for their results to be released at 7am on December 15.
Marking the end of 13 years of schooling, our graduates are now faced with the prospect of deciding their next move.
Topping the scores for the town was St Augustine’s Heidi Morris with an ATAR of 89.0.
“My score was a real surprise to me. I saw it and went straight to mum and dad to show them what I got,” Heidi said.
This was once she managed to get onto the site.
To add to the suspense, the app on her phone kept crashing.
“I kept trying to log on and it just kept crashing, I thought it must have been because everyone was trying to log on at once,” she said.
Her next step will be deciding between nursing or a double degree of nursing and midwifery at Deakin University.
Principal Luci Quinn congratulated graduates on their efforts.
“We have been very pleased with the student outcomes, whether that was achieving an ATAR score, securing an apprenticeship or moving straight into employment,” she said.
“The outcomes of our students are a reflection on their commitment to their pathways, the support of the staff and the high expectations we have for all our students.”
Over at Kyabram P-12, student Angus McKenzie said his spot as dux with a score of 81.55 came as a surprise.
“It was a shock to me; I didn’t expect to get what I got. But it was a good shock,” he said.
“I was straight onto it. When the results came out at 7am I was up and on the app checking my scores.”
He is now faced with the decision of deciding on university courses, although he said he has a couple in mind.
“I’m hoping to study business at Monash in Caulfield, or commerce or property valuation at Deakin in Burwood. I don’t have too long before I need to make a decision,” he said.
He narrowly took the title of dux from Victoria Gillie who scored 81.05.
And while exams may have been stressful, Victoria wasn’t too concerned about finding out her score.
“I was going to wait to check my score later in the day but my friends were messaging me so I decided to log on and check,” she said.
“I’m happy it’s all over. Now I can relax.”
Victoria is planning to study a double degree of design and information technology at Monash.
Kyabram P-12 principal Stuart Bott said the school is proud of the student’s efforts.
“I would like to congratulate our 2017 dux Angus McKenzie and runner-up Victoria Gillie. These students are most deserving and have a bright future ahead of them,” he said.
“We’ve had a number of students achieve very positive results and they can now pursue their chosen pathways.
“There have also been a number of students who have gained apprenticeships and they’ll play a vital role in our growing Kyabram community.”
And for Year 10 and 11 students, Kyabram’s dux has some words of wisdom.
“For me it was all about finding a balance between study and life. I still played netball and went to the gym a lot so it was good to have something to get away from it all,” Heidi said.
“I tried to do my homework as efficiently as I could and I’d never study past 9pm. That way I had time to relax and didn’t burn myself out.
“I also had some pretty great teachers. They’re all legends.”