Churchlands Senior High School dux Hayley Anderson named top TEE student
- From: PerthNow
- January 07, 2010
CHURCHLANDS Senior High School dux Hayley Anderson has been named WA's top TEE student today, breaking two records for the State.
Ms Anderson is the first public high school student to win the coveted Beazley Medal in more than ten years - and also the first female student to take out the top honour in recent years.
Andrew Reynolds from the WA College of Agriculture in Cundedin was also named the State's top vocational student, winning the Beazley Medal (VET). The announcements were made at a ceremony this morning.
Ms Anderson, who hopes to study medicine at UWA this year, was the first person in her family to study TEE in the hope of getting into university.
"I am kind of treading unknown waters," she said. "I really did not expect this."
Dedicating about four hours each night to study, along with six hours a day on the weekends, Ms Anderson said she put her social life "on hold" for her final two years at school. She jogged for about 40 minutes a day to keep fit.
"I gave up a lot of extra-curricula activities and put everything aside for two years," she said.
Mr Reynolds, who hails from York, said he had jumped straight into the workforce, even passing up on leavers celebrations to start working the land.
"It's exciting to be out in the workplace and know that you're pretty well prepared for it," he said. "My ultimate goal is to start up my own business to do with agriculture."
Education Minister Liz Constable congratulated the students on their success. She said Hayley's recognition as the top TEE student was a "feather in the cap" for the public education system.
"The Beazley Medals recognise the best of the best and I congratulate Hayley Anderson, Andrew Reynolds and all award winners today," she said.
More than 750 students will receive other awards such as General Exhibitions, Special Course Awards and Certificates of Distinction and Excellence from the Curriculum Council of WA.
Jade Walley received a General Exhibition as the top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and Tom Bransden from Christ Church Grammar School was named the best private school student.
Five Christ Church Grammar School students received general exhibitions, along with five Hale School students, confirming both schools' status as the top schools in WA based on the number of award winners.