HIGH achieving youngsters at Willetton’s Orana Primary School are set to take high school by storm after the graduating class of 2016 secured scholarships and specialist placements at some of the state’s best schools.
Nine students were recognised for music, sport and subject excellence ahead of their commencement at high school, some achieving across multiple disciplines.
Shauwen Ng was selected in the gifted and talented academic program at Willetton Senior High School, and Kiah Payne will also head there as part of the specialist basketball program.
Jesse Overmars was accepted in St Norbert College’s specialist basketball program, Alyssa Mitchell will head to Rossmoyne Senior High School as part of a specialist mathematics program, while horn player Abigail Carlos was offered a music scholarship at John Curtin College of the Arts.
Euphonium player Samuel Dunn was offered the Stephen Court music scholarship at Aquinas College.
Twin brothers Bryan and Ryan Liyanage were both offered a music scholarship at Trinity College and academic scholarships at Wesley College.
Fellow student William Ji was offered a bursary music and academic scholarship at Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS) for piano and cello.
Crediting his family for inspiring him to get behind the piano, William said his love of the cello soon followed.
Practicing from 8pm-11pm every night, William said he hoped his skills would qualify him for the CCGS orchestra.
The member of the WA Youth Orchestra said while his love of playing was ingrained, he had higher medical aspirations and planned to become a surgeon.