South West students excel in ATAR

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
South West students are among some of the highest ATAR mark achievers in the State.
Camera IconSouth West students are among some of the highest ATAR mark achievers in the State.

After an anxious wait, students across Western Australia received their final ATAR results this week with South West students boasting some of the highest marks in the State.

Schools including Bunbury Catholic College, Manea Senior College and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School all produced students with marks of 99 or higher, including an incredible 99.85 from BCGS student Jamie McGregor. The 17-year-old Busselton local said he had hoped for a score above 99, but he had not been waiting for a 99.85.

“It feels great to be able to sit back and not worry about university entries knowing I’ve got the score I need,” he said.

Jamie was joined in the 99 club by one other BCGS student, two students from BCC and three from Manea Senior College.

Trinity Mangano was awarded the BCC Dux award for 2018, having earned herself an ATAR of 99.4.

“I did a few of the ATAR prediction things through the year and tried to keep my results consistent,” she said.

“I’m going to have a gap year now and earn some money, then in 2020 go to UWA and study physics.

In an added bonus for Trinity, lifelong friend Allegra Mazza-Parton was the college’s second highest ranking student with an ATAR of 99.3.

“It’s really cool and been like that for a while actually,” Trinity said. “We went through primary school together and then high school so it’s really good with us both having high scores.”

Jordan Walker from Glen Iris was Manea Senior College’s top-performing student this year with a result of 99.25.

“I guess it was kind of exhilarating because it was like, ‘What am I going to get?’, ‘What have the years of schooling led up to’, so it was a deep relief that I did really well,” he said.

Jordan’s father Paul said he was extremely proud to see his son do so well and know that his future is very bright.

This year’s ATAR results came a day ahead of schedule, being released online on Sunday rather than Monday.

Seventeen students across the State achieved the highest possible score of 99.95, with the median ATAR for 2018 being 81.80.

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