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The Southern Cross : February 2012
February 2012 Page 21 www.thesoutherncross.org.au Back to school feature Catholic secondary schools across Adelaide last year recorded outstanding Year 12 results with up to five Catholic students receiving the prestigious inaugural Governor's award for overall excellence in the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Mary MacKillop College student Carmela Panuccio, Mercedes College student Eleanor Wardleworth, St Paul's College Vice-Captain Adam Luciano, Loreto College's Kate O'Connell and Saint Ignatius' College student Brigid O'Farrell White are among 25 South Australian students handpicked to receive the 2011 Governor of South Australia SACE Award later this month. The Governor's award recognises perfect scores in four Year 12 subjects and the Research Project and other high achievers with high qualities for community and social justice. Awardees were chosen from a record number of 12,311 students who completed SACE last year. Carmela, 17, received a perfect university entrance score -- an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95. With merits in Physics, Biology and Math Studies, Carmela is hoping for a career in telecommunications engineering. She was among several Catholic students, and 30 statewide, to gain the top SACE ranking. Adam said while last year was hard work, overall he found Year 12 "pretty stress free". He received merits in Math Specialist, Math Studies and his Research Project on sustainable housing with an overall score of 99.9. Eleanor, who also achieved 99.9, said: "It was a challenging year but focusing on what you are learning rather than the marks really did help." She won three Gold Medals at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney Olympic Park for 1500m, 5000m and 3000m while completing her Year 12 studies. Kate, from Loreto College, said the Governor's Award was "nice" recognition of her social justice work at the school last year. The 18-year-old was a social justice school leader and helped raise funds for natural disasters in Australia and overseas and raise awareness of Indigenous Australians and the homeless. She received merits in Psychology and Classical Studies and a score of 99.9. Saint Ignatius' Brigid was also a standout not only for her ATAR of 99.75 but for her commitment to community life, citizenship and work throughout Year 12 after receiving merits in English Studies, Religion Studies and the Research Project. Far and wide, Catholic schools across the State have reported good results. St Aloysius College students Sharmini Punipham, 17, (99.95) and Ingrid Richards (99.65) are hoping to become doctors. Sharmini, who will be following the footsteps of her doctor grandparents, said: "I'm still trying to comprehend it." Ingrid was able to achieve two merits in Year 12 while undergoing intensive rehabilitation which kept the South Australian Sports Institute basketballer and former State U/18 player off the court for a year. At St Dominic's Priory College, Sophia Ho (99.9), who achieved merits in Chemistry, Biology, Math Studies, Physics and the Research Project, said: "I was ecstatic (with the results)...and I hope to study medical radiation science." Fellow student Lynna Pham received a perfect score of 99.95. At St Ignatius' College, Malcolm Borg topped the school merit list with an ATAR of 99.95 (Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Specialist Mathematics (in Year 11)) followed by Daniel Marateo with 99.9 (merits in Accounting, Physics and the Research project). Sacred Heart College Dux of 2011 Jarryd Herd (99.75) was among two other SHC students to score above 99 and among 38 with an ATAR above 90. Principal Paul Hine said: "We were particularly pleased with the 17 Year-11 students who undertook Year 12 subjects and returned scores into the A-band, one of which secured a subject merit in Japanese." Mercedes College principal Peter Daw said students Emma Rajic and Adam Cooper achieved outstanding results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (42 out of 45 and 43 out of 45 respectively). St Dominic's Priory College principal Sister Jill Havey said the Year 12 class of 2011 was "a wonderful group of students who contributed to the spirit of the College in many different ways". "They value their education and the opportunities given to them and they reap the rewards," she said. Mercedes College is a co-educational, Reception to Year 12 Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, providing a caring and supportive learning environment. Mercedes College is committed to educating your child to become the person you aspire them to be - intellectually, spiritually and socially. We are a progressive, internationally focussed Catholic school with a tradition of academic excellence. Join us on an Orientation Walk and discover how our environment can help realise your child's potential. To register your interest please telephone or visit www.mercedes.catholic.edu.au Life potential 540 Fullarton Road, Springfield SA Telephone 08 8372 3200 LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Year 12 class of 2011 -- all students received an ATAR of 99.5 or more. They are: Sharmini Punipham, Jarryd Herd, Carmela Panuccio, Sophia Ho, Eleanor Wardleworth, Emma Rajic, Adam Cooper, Brigid O'Farrell White and Daniel Marateo. Photo: Nat Rogers By Rebecca DiGirolamo Catholic schools' top class results