Life after school calls for recent graduates

TOP MARKS: Liam Hynes, Alexandra Stark and Will Shannon were the top ATAR performers at Catholic College. Picture: MARK JESSERIF you’re a fan of the superhero Iron Man (or his alter-ego Tony Stark), you’ll knowthe surnameis synonymous with genius.
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Catholic College Wodonga year 12 student Alexandra Stark more than lived up to the name on Monday, awarded the DUX of the school thanks to her ATAR of 98.8.

Monday’s results marked the end of year 12 studies and 13 years of schooling for students across the nation, with many nowturningto university studies.

Miss Stark said she was looking forward to university after a well-deserved break over summer.

“I’m excited, I’m moving to Melbourne next year to study speech pathology at La Trobe,” she said.

“I got early entry, so I only needed to score 80 to get in.

“I’d always wanted to do something that helped people, and I was really interested in helping kids with disabilities.

“I wanted to do it in a way that was more of an educational role.

“I did a couple of days work experience with a friend who is a speech pathologist and absolutely loved it.”

University is the next step for most high school graduates, but it’s far from a go-to move.

Liam Hynes, who was the second highest scorer (93.75) plans to travel Europe on a gap year before settling on a career, while Will Shannon (93.2) will transition straight into accounting work with Johnson’s MME while weighing up whether to pursue tertiary studies full or part-time.

“I’m not quite sure what uni course I want to do –after I travel, we’ll see,” Mr Hynes said.

“It kind of just comes to a lot of people, what they want to do, I’m not really sure what I want yet.

“I’ll do my best over the next year to have a good think and we’ll see what happens.

“I picked quite a broad range of subjects to study this year, it definitely helped me out.”

After 38 per cent of students scored above 70 and 18 per cent above 80, Catholic College Wodonga principal Darren Hovey said it had been another successful year.

“It’s a wonderful celebration, we get to highlight and look back on all the things the students have achieved,” he said.

“Some of them have been here with us since year 7, so it’s a celebration for all the school community.

“For many of the staff there’s a sense of pride around the story and the journey the students have had.But there’s also an acknowledgement that they’re entering the adult world, moving into their careers, into university or gap years.

“Ultimately they’re moving into a new space in their lives, so it’s nice to come together today and celebrate.”

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