PERTH College’s recent graduates visited their alma mater on Wednesday to urge current students to reach for the stars.
Melissa Clements, who blitzed the field in 2016, hopes to host an exhibition of her work and study overseas after finishing as WA’s top student in visual arts.
The 18-year-old achieved an ATAR of 99.85, placing her 19th in the state.
She received a general exhibition (awarded to the top 40 students), a subject exhibition, a subject certificate of excellence (the top 0.5 per cent of candidates based on the exam mark) and a certificate of distinction.
At the end of the month, Ms Clements will begin a Bachelor of Philosophy at the University of WA, double majoring in art history and philosophy.
“As part of the course we have to learn a language, so I’m thinking Latin,” she said.
“After that I plan, to study a post-graduate degree overseas.”
Other high achievers included Rebecca Zines and Jessica Mitchell, who earned subject exhibitions for English, and Phoebe Levin, who received subject exhibitions for literature as well as politics and law.
Ms Mitchell plans to study a Bachelor of Mass Communications at Curtin University, while Ms Levin will pursue an arts degree at UWA.
The college’s 140 Year 12 students achieved the WACE, 127 were eligible to receive an ATAR and the median score was 90.55.
Twenty-six girls were awarded certificates of distinction, while 33 were awarded certificates of merit.