Teen engineering a bright future


Michael Anderson plans to study computer engineering at UWA this year.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d448267
Michael Anderson plans to study computer engineering at UWA this year. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d448267

Success resident Michael Anderson (18) recently received a School Curriculum and Standards Authority exhibition award after receiving 20 ‘A’ grades over his final three years of high school.

Michael said a consistent study routine kept him on track to reach his goals, even with the pressure of exams.

“I didn’t really have to change much from what I was doing throughout the year,” he said.

“The exam period did add extra pressure, but it wasn’t game-changing.”

Michael’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 97.75 places him among the top students in WA and he hopes to study computer engineering at UWA this year.

Michael said he had always had an interest in understanding how computers worked.

“It would be great to be part of the next innovation,” he said.

“I want to understand what we have now and try to improve it.”

Michael was one of four Emmanuel Catholic College students to receive a commendation, with peers Tegan Judd, Jacob Millar and Keely Larsen-Gray also recognised.

One Lakeland Senior High School student also received a commendation.

While many students aim for university, Apprenticeship Support Australia WA general manager Nathan Bentley said vocational training could also “lead to interesting and well-paid occupations”.

“The future is even brighter for those in the technical or trade industries, such as electricians, bricklayers and panel-beaters,” he said.