FOR at least five young Portland and Heywood residents, Monday morning brought a pleasant surprise with the arrival of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
Nicola Symons, who attended Hamilton and Alexandra College, received the highest ATAR for the area with 95.1 and a perfect score for her Studio Arts subject, making her eligible for the prestigious Premier’s Award recognising the state’s elite students in the subject.
Kaitlyn Hastings’ 93.85 made her the highest-ranked area resident at Monivae College, Portland Secondary College dux Eloise Fleming achieved 92.75, Bayview College dux Nathan Harders received 92.65 and Heywood and District Secondary College dux Ashleigh Endacott had 88.8.
Nicola initially thought her results had been sent to the wrong person.
“I sat with mum waiting for the “real” results to arrive and when they didn’t, we decided to celebrate the score I’d got,” Nicola said.
She specially thanked family friend Bob Stone, aPortlandartist, who Nicola said helped her achieve her perfect Studio Arts score.
“I’ve always loved arts, but more of the hands-on side. He really helped me with the theory side of things,” Nicola said.
Nicola plans to study osteopathy at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, although she is undecided on whether she’ll take a gap year.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.