For VCE students across Victoria, the past two years have seen unprecedented times due to COVID-19, which has seen them immerse in and out of distance learning in their final years of study.
Three students from Shepparton Christian College received their ATAR scores on December 16, and scored above 80, with Sam Hall receiving an ATAR score of 89.
After working hard all year, Sam was hoping for such a result but he didn’t expect to be a Dox in school.
“I was very happy with the result, a respectable 89 but the whole class was completely academic, so getting Doakes was a surprise,” he said.
Sam participated in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program, an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Victorian Year Students in Years 11 and 12.
Sam hopes to continue studying physics at the University of Melbourne next year and eventually become a teacher.
“I give credit to my parents and the school for helping me complete my studies,” he said.
“Now I’m really looking forward to moving to Melbourne and out into the world.”
Georgia Larcom received a score of 86.60, which gave her the opportunity to study the chosen course of Forensic Science at Deakin University.
“Since the end of primary school, I always thought forensic science would be really cool,” she said.
“Although I have had difficulties throughout the past year with the pandemic, my score has certainly been sufficient for the course I want to take.”
Lucas Fenby also had an ATAR well above the par, scoring 84.10.
“It feels good,” he said, “it was louder than I thought it would be.”
With undergraduate offerings launching in January, Lucas’ first preference was a degree in biomedicine from the University of Melbourne, with his second major in engineering option, a biomedical major at RMIT University in Melbourne.
In a text speech to incoming VCE students, Lucas said the main goal is hard work.
“If you’re going to VCE, just give it your all,” he said.
“Especially for the level of the year, we were really touched by everything that happened but we did our best.”
Principal Chris Eaton said the college is consistently proud of the efforts of its students.
“We are always happy and proud of our students; over the past two years it has not been easy for anyone,” he said.
“Our children have maintained a high degree of work ethic and this has been demonstrated by their accomplishments.”