The Great Southern’s top student for 2011 has one piece of advice for Year 12 students who want to study successfully – turn your phone off.
Picture: Keir Tunbridge: Great Southern Grammar dux Rhiannon Kirby achieved a near-perfect ATAR score.
Great Southern Grammar’s dux for 2011 and best-ever student Rhiannon Kirby notched up a near-perfect ATAR score of 99.85, as well as winning Curriculum Council certificates of distinction and excellence.
Rhiannon’s classmate Louis Clarke was close behind her, scoring 99.75, just ahead of another Grammar student Kyle McCabe, who scored 99.
The trio form the 2011 Great Southern chapter of the “99 Club”, along with Denmark High School student Kayla Pomery, who as the Albany Advertiser reported last week, achieved an ATAR score of 99.05.
Sixteen-year-old Rhiannon, who was 12 months ahead of her classmates after skipping a grade early in her education, said getting such a high ATAR score was surreal.
“I was gaping for a minute there, I guess we all hope for it deep down but when you see it, it’s always more than you expect I guess,” she said.
Rhiannon, who got 23 straight A-grades during her senior school studies, said the secret to her success was to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices, including switching off her mobile phone.
She said she hoped to study aerospace or aeronautical engineering at Victoria’s Monash University.
Grammar headmaster Stuart Marquardt said it was terrific to have three students in the “99 Club”.
“They were students who worked very hard, but they had a wide range of interests as well,” he said.
Mr Marquardt said as far as he knew, Rhiannon’s result was the best in the school’s history.
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