Greenmount student Joel Crossing comes up trumps with ATAR score


Joel Crossing with Darcie Humphreys and Briarna Stewart in their Year 12 leavers dress up day costumes at Helena College in Glen Forrest.
Joel Crossing with Darcie Humphreys and Briarna Stewart in their Year 12 leavers dress up day costumes at Helena College in Glen Forrest.

STUDENTS traditionally dress up before Year 12 WACE final exams and this year, despite converting his skateboard to a magic carpet and sporting the costume of Aladdin, there was no need for magic in Joel Crossing’s exams. It was sheer hard work that scored the 18-year-old Greenmount student an ATAR of 98.9.

He said he undertook six ATAR subjects and put in 25 to 30 hours of study per week in addition to his normal class contact.

Joel applied for a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours, Engineering and Physics at UWA and with his marks will be assured of a first round offer.

He said he had spent the holidays eager to find out his results in order to plan for 2017.

“My top subjects were French, physics, maths methods and specialist maths,” Joel said.

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Joel is also choosing to go straight to uni and not have a gap year.

“I’m looking for a part-time job at the moment,” he said.

He will be living on campus at UWA in St George’s College.

Helena College principal Ian Lyons said Joel was a perfect example of an outstanding student.

“Education is linked to independence: |financial, emotional and social independence and being a good citizen in society,” Mr Lyons said.

“Careers are grafted through motivation and determination and Joel has shown his hard work has led to this path.”

Mr Lyons said he hoped Joel’s study would continue as a passion for life-long learning and he was sure he would contribute as an active, committed global citizen.