The 18-year-old, who graduated from Morley’s John Forrest Secondary College late last year, was among local students who picked up a Certificate of Commendation School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s 2015 Western Australian Certificate of Education Exhibition and Award.
Mr Watkins was John Forrest’s vocational education dux in 2014 and 2015 and was the top student in maths, integrated science, careers and enterprise and Certificate II in Retail.
The former Bayswater Primary School student also completed metalwork and English.
He said he was going to work full-time this year then complete a year at Tafe and study science or technology at university.
Mr Watkins said his advice to this year’s Year 12 class was to always ask advice from teachers.
“Make sure you always get advice and understand what your teachers are trying to say – the better you know your teacher the better they can help you,” he said.
“To motivate you to work hard it helps if you learn stuff that you’re interested in, which is not always the core subjects.”
Mr Watkins also won citizenship colours, academic and citizenship all-rounders for 2014 and 2015. He volunteered for drama productions and arts showcases and helped in the school canteen.