Too busy to check VCE results
COLAC’S Lachlan Karacsay was busy on a construction site when he learnt he was among the top four per cent of Victorian Year 12 students.
Lachlan was working on a new building at his former school Trinity College with his mobile phone switched off, while other Year 12 graduates across the state were waiting for their Year 12 results to arrive.
“You can’t have the phone on while you’re working,” Lachlan said.
He said his mother arrived at the school in time for smoko and told him his twin sister Cassie’s results first.
“She didn’t really say much to me, she just showed me the printout of my scores.”
Lachlan scored an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank of 96.90, becoming dux of Trinity College.
“I didn’t really say anything for a while,” he said.
“It’s a privilege – it will stay with me a long time. I will always remember it.”
Lachlan said his score should land him a place in his desired course at RMIT, a combined degree in engineering and industrial design.
Lachlan said the secret to his success was being “quite organised”.
“I prioritised my work and I didn’t let myself get bogged down, I was always ready and fresh to study.”
Lachlan put his achievement down to his “wonderful” teachers who “gave their all, any extra help that was needed”.
Lachlan said he appreciated support from his parents, Lindy and Ernie.
“Throughout the whole year they have provided me with everything I’ve needed.
“They’ve been there for me,” he said.
Lachlan plans to take a gap year in 2014, working for six months at his family’s construction business and then spending a season on the ski fields.
Trinity College principal Tim O’Farrell said it was “great to be able to celebrate Lachie’s achievement”.
“He just does things methodically, nice and quiet,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“VCE is not all about the highest score – rather, it is about each student achieving to the best of her or his ability.”
Mr O’Farrell said he was pleased to see that 30.3 per cent of the school’s Year 12 students who applied for an ATAR achieved a score in excess of 70, compared with a state wide average of 30 per cent, and 50.5 per cent of Trinity’s students who applied for an ATAR achieved a score in excess of 60.
Lachlan was one of 49,950 students will graduate from VCE in 2013, and another 12,303 students have completed a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning this year.
Relaxed approach to study scores
COLAC Secondary College’s dux Ben Wilson says he took a relaxed approach to his study scores.
“I slept in actually and checked the internet at 8:15,” Ben said.
Ben topped the school with an ATAR of 81.60.
“It was roughly what I expected,” he said.
Ben continued lifesaving patrols throughout the year, but he said he regretted having to give up playing trumpet for Colac City Band where he had played for four years, because his schedule “was a bit hectic in Year 12”.
Ben said completing a Year 12 subject in Year 11 helped set him up for his final year.
“You get used to what the study demands are like,” he said.
But he said he “wouldn’t recommend” doing two VCE Unit 3-4 subjects in Year 11, after he found completing both music performance and psychology last year “quite challenging”.
Ben said he was grateful to family, friends and teachers for their support and encouragement over the past two years.
Colac Secondary College principal Simon Dewar said he was pleased for Ben.
“This is a great achievement for Ben,” he said.
“He is our school captain and in addition to his academic studies he has contributed in so many different ways to the school and local community.”
Mr Dewar said Ben balanced school work, school captain commitments and volunteering at Wye River Surf Life Saving Club throughout the year.
He said students at the college achieved a wide variety of results.
“Some students performed exceptionally well and some students may have had higher expectations,” he said.
“We are extremely proud of all of our Year 12 students.
“We will work closely with all students to ensure that they find a pathway that suits their needs.”