By Derek Schlennstedt
Results for Year 12 students across the state were released on December 18 and students from Mater Christi College have come out on top with many students achieving high Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings (ATAR).
Taking out the college dux for Mater Christi was Jess Horner who received a score of 98.5, followed by Katie Warner who attained an ATAR of 95.9, and Amber Johnson achieved VCAL dux of 2018 and has also been nominated for the VCAA VCAL Excellence Award.
After an anxious wait, Jess Horner woke up early on the Friday morning, and received the results confirming the Mater Christi College year 12 student had achieved the school’s dux of 2018.
Incredibly modest in her triumph, the teenager from Sassafras said she was just trying to do the best she could and the fact she received the highest score was just a bonus.
“I thought maybe I might get in the nineties but I was pretty blown away by seeing those results,” she told the Mail.
“I woke up pretty early and set an alarm to check the result as soon as they came out.
“There was definitely a bit of a shock and I was really surprised but so happy.”
Throughout her year 12 studies Jess completed biology, English language, maths methods, physical education and psychology, and has applied to study speech pathology.
Principal, Mary Fitz-Gerald said she was extremely proud of all the year 12 students and the dedication and hard work they put in to their year 12 studies.
“Our students have again achieved some excellent results across a broad range of academic and vocational programs,” Ms Fitz-Gerald said.
“The strength of these results is best indicated by the fact that 39% of the group attained an ATAR above 80, almost twice the State and National figure.
“We commend all students in the Class of 2018 for their personal achievements regardless of ATAR.
“We all know that each student brings a different story to her Year 12 and we are confident that each is prepared for the next exciting opportunities.”