Bega High students share taste of success

IT WAS a chance to grab a sausage sandwich and toast success as Bega High School hosted held a traditional breakfast for school leavers on Friday.

The event was also a chance for the students to thank the teachers and share their Higher School Certificate results.

Principal John Salmon said it was a pleasant day for all involved.

“We’ve had quite a few students back, although some had to leave early because of work commitments,” he said. 

“We thought it was a good opportunity to get together with the situation earlier in the week.”

Mr Salmon singled out praise for students Sarah Campbell and Siobhan Ison, who achieved excellent ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) scores.

Sarah secured an ATAR of 97.75, while Siobhan achieved an impressive ATAR of 94.75.

Sarah was awarded the prestigious Graham and Louise Tuckwell Scholarship at the Australian National University, where she will study a double degree in genetics and biological anthropology.

Before she starts her scholarship, Sarah said she will undertake a bridging course in chemistry.

“I’m over the moon, ecstatic,” she said.

“I definitely feel relieved.”

Siobhan has been accepted into the University of Wollongong to study a concurrent degree in international studies and creative arts imagery in creative writing.

She said she was happy with her ATAR of 94.75.

“It’s good,” Siobhan said.

“I did a lot of hard work and now it’s freedom.”

Miriam Zweck achieved an ATAR of 93.55 and plans to study undergraduate medicine at the University of New England.

Miriam said she was pleased to be rewarded for studying hard throughout the year.

“I was really happy and surprised,” she said.

April Alcock was also excited to achieve an ATAR of 90.75.

April plans to take a gap year in 2014 because “I’m not sure what I want to study at uni”.

However, she has been accepted into university to study either diagnostic radiography or physiotherapy.

“It’s nice for it [HSC] to be finally over,” April said.

“I was very surprised, but very happy with my ATAR.”

Friday was a chance for school leavers to share their plans for next year.

While some students will attend university, others have great and varied ideas for 2014.

Molly Willington will head to Africa to volunteer for a 10-week music program, while Josh Bennett will “work and travel around”.

Ella Davies will “do volunteer work in Asia” before starting a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Media Arts and Production at university in 2015.

Mr Salmon said it had been a pretty good year at Bega High School.

“We’ve had a whole lot of successes, but we’ve taken some big hits as well,” he said.

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