Two Murraylands students have been awarded merits for achieving 20/20 in one of their SACE subjects last year.
Lameroo Regional Community School student Flynn Klaede was in year 11 last year but decided to get ahead and tackle a year 12 subject.
This proved to be a wise choice for the 16-year-old, as he achieved a perfect score in Materials, Products I – Furniture Construction.
He said he decided to do the subject during year 11 to get a head start for year 12.
“It was hard and it was my main priority,” he said.
He said the teachers at the school were very supportive and pushed him to do his best.
Flynn said the subject required him to complete two skills tasks, a major and a minor.
For his skills tasks, he created a puzzle and a wooden toolbox, he was required to keep a journal of the process.
He made a queensize bed frame for his major and a tallboy for his minor and was again expected to complete a theory component.
Flynn found out he achieved the 20/20 score on December 20.
“I was pretty chuffed,” he said.
Lameroo Regional Community School Secondary Coordinator Morgan Randall said it was great news.
“We haven’t had a merit for a number of years,” he said.
Ruby Eckermann from Unity College also achieved a merit for her research project subject.
Her research project was titled ‘would and increased presence of Indigenous public art benefit the Murray Bridge Community?’.
She conducted extensive research and said she hoped the council would keep her suggestions and recommendations that came from the project.
“I think my passion for the subject enabled me to do the research project well and therefore get a merit,” she said.
Ruby knew halfway through the year that she had received an A+ for the subject but only realised she had achieved a merit when the official ATAR scores were released.
“I was very thankful and excited about the prospect of the ceremony at Government House.”
Ruby has been accepted into the University of Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Dental Surgery but has taken a gap year, she said she looks forward to commencing her degree in 2017.