December 16, 2017

Top scorers: The duxes from Shepparton and Mooroopna high schools, from left, Katharine Parker (McGuire College), Mitchell Collins (Goulburn Valley Grammar School), Matthew Luvara (Mooroopna Secondary College), James Noller (Shepparton Christian College), Ashley Ryan (Shepparton High School) and Paris Pellegrino (Notre Dame College). Absent overseas: Harkirat Mann (Wanganui Park Secondary College).

The duxes of Shepparton’s secondary schools yesterday celebrated their excellent results.

The News spoke with them at Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake to discuss the year that was and their plans for the future.

Notre Dame College’s Paris Pellegrino returned an ATAR score of 99.5, and she said it would open up many opportunities for her moving forward.

‘‘I was actually shocked when I got the result, my family and principal were so proud,’’ she said.

Goulburn Valley Grammar’s Mitchell Collins achieved a score of 99.4, and said a constant level of study lessened his nerves going into the exam period.

James Noller, of Shepparton Christian College, attained a result of 99.2, while Harkirat Mann (Wanganui Park Secondary College — 95.65), Katharine Parker (McGuire College — 89.2), Ashley Ryan (Shepparton High School — 85.05) and Matthew Luvara (Mooroopna Secondary College — 84.9) were also the top students of their schools.

Whether it was via the app, website or by email, thousands of Victorian students logged on yesterday to check their ATAR and subject scores.

Paris Pellegrino

Notre Dame College — ATAR 99.5

Paris’ amazing results in the Victoria Certificate Education have opened up a world of opportunities for her and she is now considering changing her future career.

‘‘My original plan was to study nursing in Shepparton and get into midwifery, but there is so much I can do with this score, I think I will definitely continue in the field of health though,’’ she said.

Paris studied English, further maths, biology, environmental science and her favourite subject health and human development.

‘‘I was actually shocked when I got the result, my family and principal were so proud,’’ she said.

Paris said she spent an average of about one-and-half hours doing revision every day but managed to balance it with work, social life and ballet.

Mitchell Collins

Goulburn Valley Grammar — ATAR 99.4

Mitchell said he was relieved the wait was over more than anything and was grateful for the support he has had from teachers and family.

He hopes to study a Bachelor of Dentistry at La Trobe University, Bendigo and potentially become an oral surgeon in the future.

Mitchell studied English, specialist maths, maths methods, geography, chemistry and biology (fast tracked).

‘‘The maths subjects were probably my strongest,’’ he said.

The Shepparton student said he was quite surprised by how well he went, but said maintaining a constant level of study lessened the nerves going into the exam period.

‘‘You’re always going to be a little nervous no matter how prepared you are; I think fast tracking a subject also helped reduce the burden a bit in the final year,’’ Mitchell said.

Harkirat Mann

Wanganui Park Secondary College — ATAR 95.65

Harkirat was travelling overseas when results were released yesterday, but her principal Ken Murray said she was an outstanding student who was considering studying a double degree in law/biomedicine next year.

She studied biology, math methods, English language, chemistry and physics.

Ashley Ryan

Shepparton High School — ATAR 85.05

Despite feeling incredibly nervous during her exam period, Ashley Ryan was this year’s dux of Shepparton High School.

Ashley received an ATAR score of 85.05 which she hopes will secure her a position at her top university preference — Monash University.

‘‘I applied for a Bachelor of Science and Engineering,’’ she said.

Ashley’s subjects reflected her strong interest in science having studied English, maths methods, biology, chemistry and physics.

When asked what it was about science that she enjoyed, Ashley said ‘‘everything’’.

But Ashley said she thought she would first take a gap year and perhaps continue to work at her current job.

‘‘I work at Shepparton Villages nursing home,’’ she said.

James Noller

Shepparton Christian College — ATAR 99.2

Shepparton Christian College student James Noller’s ATAR score of 99.2 will well and truly allow him to pursue his passion — creative writing.

The school’s 2017 dux said he’d had a good year studying English, further mathematics, history revolutions, music composition and accounting (fast tracked).

It was James’ results in his favourite subject — history revolutions — that surprised him. ‘‘I got 50/50,’’ he said.

‘‘It was quite a difficult exam.’’

James arrived at his school early yesterday morning when he was told he had been awarded dux.

‘‘I had already received the Year 12 Academic Award at our presentations,’’ he said.

Planning on taking a gap year during 2018, James said he was thinking of studying a Bachelor of Arts somewhere in Melbourne the following year.

Matthew Luvara

Mooroopna Secondary College — ATAR 84.9

Mooroopna Secondary College student Matthew Luvara said he did not expect to receive dux at all.

‘‘I think I could have done a lot better,’’ he said.

Matthew still took out the gong with an ATAR score of 84.9.

‘‘I studied chemistry, physics, maths methods, computing and English,’’ he said.

Despite English being his favourite subject, Matthew said his best results were for computing, which he studied by distance.

‘‘It was my best score but it was scaled down by seven points; my raw score was 40,’’ he said.

Matthew is keen to get straight into things next year.

‘‘I’ve applied to do physiotherapy at La Trobe,’’ he said.

‘‘I would like to do a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Physio.’’

Katharine Parker

McGuire College — ATAR 89.8

McGuire College dux Katharine Parker said she felt prepared heading into her final exams this year.

Katharine received an ATAR of 89.8 — a solid effort given her subject choices of art, studio arts, psychology, chemistry, and fast-tracked maths methods and literature.

‘‘Arts, studio arts and psychology were all scaled down,’’ she said, meaning her raw scores were better than the scores she received once scaled against the rest of the state.

Katharine is unsure of what she would like to do but thought she would start by taking a gap year next year.

‘‘I’m considering starting a blog and doing something with my art.’’

Katharine said she specialised in designs using paper cuts with a scalpel.

‘‘I also do a bit of painting. I submitted a painted umbrella for my folio this year.’’

Katharine then hopes to study at university the following year.

‘‘I’ve applied at RMIT to do a fine arts course,’’ she said.

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