Shepparton Christian College students receive ATARs

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End of an era: The Year 12 cohort of Shepparton Christian College is saying goodbye.
Dux: Sam Hall achieved Shepparton Christian College’s highest ATAR score.

For VCE students across Victoria the past two years have seen unprecedented times due to COVID-19, which had them dipping in and out of remote learning in their final years of schooling.

Receiving their ATAR results on December 16, three students from Shepparton Christian College achieved scores above 80, with Sam Hall being dux of the school with an ATAR score of 89.

Having worked hard throughout the year, Sam was hoping for such a score but didn’t expect to be dux of the school.

“I was pretty happy with the result, 89 is a respectable score but our whole class was quite academic so getting dux was surprising,” he said.

Sam took part in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program, an academic enrichment program designed to support high-achieving Victorian Years 11 and 12 students.

Sam is hoping to go on to study physics at the University of Melbourne next year and eventually become a teacher.

“I give credit to my dad and the school for helping me get through my studies,” he said.

“Now I’m really looking forward to moving to Melbourne and getting out into the world.”

Georgia Larcomb received a score of 86.60 score, providing her with the opportunity to study her 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 there were difficulties throughout the last year with the pandemic, my score is definitely enough for the course I want to get into.”

Lucas Fenby also received an ATAR well above standard, achieving a score of 84.10.

“It feels pretty good, it was higher than what I thought it was going to be,” he said.

With university offers released in January, Lucas’ first preference is a degree in biomedicine at University of Melbourne, with his second option engineering, majoring in biomedicine at RMIT University in Melbourne.

In a word of advice for upcoming VCE students, Lucas said the main objective was to work hard.

“If you’re going into VCE, just give it your all,” he said.

“Especially for our year level, we were really impacted by everything that went on but we all did our best.”

Principal Chris Aiton said the college was consistently proud of its students’ efforts.

“We’re always pleased and proud of our students; across the last two years it hasn’t been easy for anybody,” he said.

“Our kids have maintained a high degree of work ethic and it’s showed through their achievements.”