Consistent hard work and striking a balance between study and sport was the key for Daniel Blechynden achieving a near-perfect score in his Year 12 exams.
The Great Southern’s top student from 2012 was one of four students to make the prestigious “99 club” after exam results were released earlier this week.
A keen footballer, Daniel’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 99.90 placed him in the top one per cent of students across the State, a feat he credits to consistent hard work.
Forced to juggle studies with playing football, volleyball and hockey, plus running and triathlons, the 17-year-old said he had no intention of attending university any time soon and would instead take a well-earned break.
“I’ve had enough study,” he said.
Daniel’s girlfriend, fellow Great Southern Grammar graduate Sara Gendle (99.75), also excelled along with Sam Marsh (99.70).
Great Southern Grammar headmaster Stuart Marquardt was elated with the results, with three other students scoring over 98, making the class of 2012 the most successful in the school’s history.
“These results are phenomenal. They are a great group and have worked really hard,” he said. “You need teachers who get in and inspire them; it makes such a difference.”
Denmark High School graduate Natasha Lutz was the only public school student in the region to score 99 or above, finishing with an ATAR of 99.45.
St Joseph’s College dux Jacob Crowe was his school’s highest achiever, just missing out on joining the 99 club, scoring 98.90.Hundreds of graduates logged on to view Year 12 exam results before the expected New Year’s Eve release date.
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