The 17-year-old has always held her education in high regard and pushed herself to achieve her best.
Shannon’s efforts paid off after completing her Year 12 exams last year at Perth Modern School in Subiaco when she received three statewide awards.
Her accolades included a certificate of distinction in economics for ranking in the top 0.5 per cent, obtaining 20 A grades and a general exhibition award for being one of 40 students with the highest School Curriculum and Standards Authority award scores.
Shannon said she was ecstatic and proud of herself for her achievements.
‘I had my sights set on the general exhibition from the beginning of Year 11 so it was a big accomplishment to have achieved my goal, and I suppose the other two awards were just great bonuses,’ she said.
‘It’s really satisfying to have some recognition for the hard work and effort I put into my education in the past year.
‘I think education is priceless and throughout the year I really tried to push myself to achieve my personal best in everything I did, to make the most of the education that I feel really privileged to have access to.’
Shannon’s education will continue this year at university with her ultimate goal to pursue a career in medicine.
‘It’s a career that I’m sure will be equally challenging and rewarding,’ she said.
‘I think there’s nothing better than having a career where you can have a direct positive influence on people’s lives and I think medicine is just that, while also suiting my strengths and interests.’
Unsure what university she will go to, Shannon said she would most likely study science at UWA but was waiting on offers from other universities that would come out by Friday, January 17.
‘I’ve been offered a scholarship at Monash University in Melbourne so I’m still weighing up my options but I’m definitely going straight into uni this year,’ she said.
About 50 students in the Eastern Reporter distribution area received award. The complete list of award winners is available on www.scsa. wa.edu.au.