Deniliquin’s high achievers

December 20, 2017

Year 12 students (back, from left) Emily Mildren, Isabel Michael and Maddison Strong; (front) Simon Barclay and Brendon Erickson.

Simon Barclay has been declared Dux of Deniliquin High School for 2017 after topping Year 12’s HSC results.

Simon received the highest Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score, with an impressive 95.05.

Close behind was Isabel Michael with an excellent 94 ATAR.

Other high achieving Year 12 students included were Brendon Erickson (85.8), Emily Mildren (78.4) and Maddison Strong (74.15).

Simon’s score saw him accepted into the university course of his choice, and helped him gain some bragging rights in a friendly family rivalry.

‘‘I’ll be going to Swinburne University in Melbourne to study engineering, which was my first choice,’’ he said.

‘‘I was pretty stoked with my results.

‘‘I knew I’d be happy as long as I beat my brother, Campbell, who graduated two years ago with an ATAR of 84.’’

Simon’s top subject scores were biology (93 per cent), mathematics (93) and physics (88).

Unsure whether she would get the ATAR she required, Isabel accepted an early entry offer to a bridging course to her preferred law degree.

She will now attempt to win a place in her first choice course.

‘‘I got early entry to the Australian National University in Canberra to do Policy Studies, because I never thought I would get an ATAR of 94.

‘‘But with the rural schools bonus (additional points offered by select universities for select courses) I think I might now preference law instead, and get straight into it.

‘‘I cried when I saw my HSC results, I was so excited.’’

Isabel’s top subject scores were English (90), community and family studies (91), hospitality (92) and physical education (95).

Brendon’s preference is to study bio-medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, but says his ATAR is about four short of the required score.

He said he’s still confident his performance will impress the university, adding that the rural schools bonus might get his score across the line.

With a desire to study podiatry, Emily says she was pleased to have already been offered a place at Charles Sturt University in Albury.

But she said she’s ‘‘torn’’ between the decision to accept the offer or hold out until she hears from La Trobe University at Bundoora for the same course.

She said her ATAR and HSC scores came as a bit of surprise.

‘‘I thought I was going to get lower, but I wish they had rounded my ATAR up to 80,’’ she joked.

‘‘I was surprised by my HSC scores, too. I got 73 in chemistry, 88 in community and family services and 87 in physical education.’’

Maddison was also accepted into the course of her choice based on her ATAR, and will be heading to La Trobe University at Bundoora next year to study occupational therapy.

‘‘I was pretty happy with my HSC scores. Some of my best marks were an 89 in primary industries, 82 in agriculture and an 80 in biology.’’

Deniliquin High School principal Glen Warren said staff were impressed with the efforts of all students who graduated in 2017.

‘‘We are very proud, and these students in particular worked hard all of the time, with a lot of support from staff.

‘‘A lot of work went into it and it is very well deserved.’’

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