Top students aim high

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Gilmore College top-achieving ATAR students Tara Thomas, Jed Balincongan, Leah Walsh, Cloud Cocos, Cooper Tilbury, Vince Andrei Pal Gingoyon, Patrick Belarga and Vish Modi.
Camera IconGilmore College top-achieving ATAR students Tara Thomas, Jed Balincongan, Leah Walsh, Cloud Cocos, Cooper Tilbury, Vince Andrei Pal Gingoyon, Patrick Belarga and Vish Modi. Credit: Chloe Fraser

Top-achieving ATAR students from Gilmore College returned to school for the first time since finishing exams to share their secrets to success.

The school’s 10 high-achievers, who all achieved an ATAR of 80 or above, were invited back to the school on Friday to celebrate their success and reconnect with teachers who helped them along the way.

Vish Modi was the school’s highest ATAR achiever, with a score of 99.70. He will study medicine at the University of Western Australia when the semester kicks off next month.

Tara Thomas received the second-highest ATAR score of 95.65, followed by Jed Balingcongan, Patrick Belarga and Leah Walsh who all scored 90. Vince Andrei Pal Gingoyon scored 90.10, followed by Michellie Jones on 87.40

Cooper Tilbury, who achieved a score of 85.65 will study a degree in primary education with a major in physical education, and hopes one day to return to Gilmore as a teacher. “When I was younger I thought ‘Why would you want to go to school all your life then go to uni, and then come back to teach at the same school?’,” he said.

“Now that’s exactly what I’m looking at doing.”

Jasmine Paredes also made the 80+ club with a score of 84.75, followed by Cloud Cocos on 83.75.

Four of the 10 students completed all six years of their secondary education at Gilmore College.

Gilmore College had 20 per cent of its 130 students eligible for an ATAR, with the school’s median score sitting at 60.95.

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