WITH a near perfect ATAR of 99.15, Echuca’s Lucy Eishold is top of the twin towns in this year’s year 12 results.
Transferring to Goulburn Valley Grammar School from Moama Anglican Grammar School at the start of year nine, Lucy scored 40 or more for each of her subjects — and a perfect 50 for health and human development.
At schools in the Campaspe district, it was Oscar McGraw of Cohuna Secondary who topped the lot with 97.85, followed by Rochester Secondary College’s Olivia Dimovski with 97.3, Moama Grammar’s Alyssa Hunter with 95.5, St Joseph’s Molly O’Connell with 94.7 and Echuca College’s Tom Harris with 85.55.
Students waited with bated breath to receive their results online at 7am on Friday with many confessing to a restless night and being up and good to go from 6am or earlier.
Lucy said she left it late, ‘‘sleeping in’’ until 6.45am and then checking her results on the VTAC website.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect this result. I thought it was a typo when I first saw it,” she laughed.
“At the start of the year I just wanted to get into my first preference and do the best I could throughout the year – I wanted to be able to look back on what I had done and be proud.”
And with the best result in town, she can.
“I checked my ATAR (at 7am) and went to tell mum, she didn’t believe me,” Lucy said.
Lucy wants to study nutrition science at Deakin in Burwood next year — a course with a ‘safely in’ ATAR of about 65.
She said it was friends, family and teachers who helped her get through the year and achieve her stellar score.
“I had some of the most amazing teachers and I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.
“It (year 12) is also about having a balance of study and a release — for me that was netball — and I am really appreciative of my teammates, who helped me get through the year.”