Class acts

IT was a nervous wait for graduating VCE students yesterday as they went online to check their overall results to find out their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank scores.

Among those not disappointed with their results was Sale College Dux, Megan Osmand, who achieved an ATAR of 93.1.

“I’m ecstatic, so happy,” she said still buzzing with excitement.

“After working so hard to have it pay off is… I’m just ecstatic,” Megan said.

Not sure how many hours she put into studying, adding she did little else, Megan said she studied every night and took trips to Melbourne and extra classes to achieve the best score she could.

Achieving such a good result has placed Megan one step closer to her dream of undertaking a double arts/science degree at Monash University.

Still not sure what career she wants to pursue, Megan said she hoped to undertake something in the science field, continuing on from her favourite VCE classes of biology (undertaken last year), maths methods, chemistry and literature.

Maffra Secondary College dux and school captain Erin Liddell earned an ATAR of 95.9.

Delighted by her results, Erin achieved study scores of 47 in studio arts and outdoor education in her largely arts, literature and humanities-based course.

On top of her studies Erin took on a number of leadership school captain, as well as being a senior member of the Wellington Junior Council debate team, attending the Youth Parliament.

Erin also holds a part time job and recently achieved her black belt in taekwondo.

As ever, Gippsland Grammar students swept the pool, with many students achieving scores in the 90s.

Lakes Entrance’s Lachlan Buck pushed ahead of his classmates to become school dux, achieving an ATAR of 98.75, with five scores above 40, including a 46 in physical education, completed last year.

Close behind Lachlan were Sale’s Sarah Scott with a score of 98.6, Maffra’s Mark McAnulty who achieved 97.8, Flynn’s Emily Lade with 96.9, Maffra’s Harry Thackray with 96.7, Paynesville’s Melis Rutherford on 95.95, Pearsondale’s Emily Simpson-Page on 95.85, Sale’s Ritchie Hua on 95.5, Newry’s Dallas Adams on 95.45, and Sale’s Mikayla Colley on 94.85.

Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall said ATAR scores were only one measure of success, and university was one of many pathways available to students, along with TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.