State award for model student, lifesaver and footballer

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper

A FORMER Apollo Bay P-12 College student has won a Premier’s VCE Award for his efforts during Year 12.

Josh Cooper,18, was one of 279 students who received awards recognising their achievements in their final year of high school at a ceremony in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Mr Cooper had to receive a study score of 46 or higher out of a possible 50 in five or more VCE subjects to be eligible for the award.

The Apollo Bay College’s 2014 dux received his award in further mathematics for being one of the best performers in the state in that subject.

Apollo Bay College principal Tiffany Holt said she was proud of Mr Cooper’s achievement. “It’s an outstanding achievement; we’re proud our rural and remote school can produce such high-quality results,” Ms Holt said.

“Josh has been an outstanding student ever since I’ve been here and all throughout his schooling. He’s been a high achiever and this is very encouraging and rewarding for his hard work.”

Mr Cooper’s award adds to a long list of achievements from the lifeguard who is working in Queensland while playing for the Southport Sharks in the North East Football League. He also volunteered with the Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club and was the 2014-15 captain.

Ms Holt said she hoped Mr Cooper’s achievements would encourage other students at the school. “It helps us promote one of our values which is to excel, and shows you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.”

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