When Ronald Harris was in year 9 he thought seriously about dropping out of high school.
But on Friday, as students across the state received their ATAR scores, he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he wrapped up his schooling years with two university offers.
“I didn’t like coming to school back then, but today I am really proud of myself and of the courses I have gotten into,” he said.
The hard work and stress was abruptly all worth it for the 18-year-old who spent approximately 420 hours studying on a bus coming in from Goolgowi.
Ronald leaveswith offers to study a Bachelor of Ag Science at the University of New England and Charles Sturt University.
“My dad is impressed, he can’t stop telling people I have gotten into university, it feels really good,” he said.
The good news didn’t stop there for Griffith High Students with Casey Brown’s leadingtop scoreof 85.95 still surreal even hours later.
“I am not sure yet what I am feeling, I didn’t have a mark in mind because I didn’t want to be disappointed,” she said.
Casey wasaccepted into law at Wollongong University, but is taking a gap year first to catch her breath.
Over the other side of town at Wade High School the smiles were just as big at the school’s annual ATAR morning tea.
Emma Zanotto and Daniel Dunne.
Each student out of the 43who attended the event received word that very morning they had been accepted into their first university preference, according to principal Kim Dixon.
“I am so proud of all of them and seeing so many happy, smiling faces was wonderful,” she said.
“They were all on top of the world and they are all really lovely kids.”
The school had eight students receive marks of 80 and above.
Marian Catholic College’sDaniel Dunne was on cloud nine after waking up to news he had topped the city’s students with an ATAR of 96.95.
Six students from Marian scored ATARs over 90 with student Karl Panarello saying finding out his 94.5 markhad almost been too good to believe.
Students thrilled with ATAR results TweetFacebookHigh AchieversWade High SchoolJacob Brooker–89.25
Gabbi Smith 87.75
Griffith High SchoolCasey Brown –85.95
Aayush Chauraisa –84.55
Alexander Martin –84
Marian Catholic CollegeDaniel Dunne –96.95
Emma Zanotto –95.8
Karl Panarello –94.4
Andrew Seton –94
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