The final year of schooling has officially ended for the region’s Year 12 students.
After years of dedication, hard-work and stress, the school-leavers logged onto the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) website at 8.30am on Tuesday to check their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score.
Shaylee Jacobs received the highest Unity College score, with a 94.0 inclusive of bonus points, and her Murray Bridge High School (MBHS) counterpart was Breigh Angove, who recorded a 97.00 excluding bonus points.
Ms Jacobs had chosen midwifery at the University of South Australia as her preference, and did not plan to take any breaks.
“I’ll head straight into it and get it done, I think,” she said. “Year 12 was pretty challenging, but I don’t want to take any breaks.”
Ms Angove said she had mixed feelings about finishing her schooling.
“I miss school already,” she said. “Year 12 was by far my favourite year, but I’m looking forward to the next stage.”
Ms Angove had planned to head into medicine at university and, just like Ms Jacobs, did not see herself taking any rests from her studies.
Tiana Pickering, Aleth Joy Omega and Gemma Kleinig from MBHS and Unity’s Lochlan Gotch Matthew Ahrens all scored above 90 and are planning to head into a range of fields, including teaching, sports science, music and robotic engineering.
Throughout the state, a record 15,175 students completed their SACE, increasing 172 students from 2016.
State Education Minister Susan Close said the student’s were equipped with skills they would need for the future.
“These results are a testament to the dedication and support of our teachers, school leaders and parents who have helped these students on their learning journey,” she said.
“We are continuing to modernise the SACE program, ensuring our subjects are modern and relevant for 21st century learners.”
Undergraduate course offers will be made from 5pm, Tuesday January 16 2018.