The Greenwood resident, who attended Perth Modern School, not only scored an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.75 – putting her in the top 1 per cent of the state – but also received six School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards.
“I always feel uncertain after doing the exams, so I wasn’t too sure how I went,” Gweneth said.
“My ATAR was higher than I predicted, so I didn’t see it coming.
“I felt really happy as well as grateful to everyone who supported me along the way.
“My teachers were always willing to help and answer my numerous questions.
“I’m also thankful to my family and friends for always being there.”
Among her six awards, Gweneth was awarded the highest honours of a General Exhibition, given to the top 41 WA Certificate of Education (WACE) students in the state, and a Course Exhibition, awarded to the student who scored the highest mark in a WACE course, for biological sciences.
She also received certificates of distinction in ancient history, biological sciences and English and a certificate of commendation.
The 17-year-old said last year was “stressful at times, especially during the exam periods and near tests” but she had a good balance between study and rest.
“I tried to study at least two hours every day, after taking a break when I got home,” she said.
“I think Year 12 was pretty enjoyable overall.”
Gweneth plans to study a bachelor of biomedicine at The University of Melbourne.