Harvey Senior High School dux of 2013 has just graduated from university with a commerce degree – and three special prizes.
Danika Wellington picked up the awards last night for best graduating student – best in the public relations course, best in the marketing course and best student in the whole School of Marketing at Curtin University.
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of Curtin Business School, Professor Nigel De Bussy, said he could not recall in previous years any one graduate winning three prizes.
“This is a great achievement for Danika and reflects not only her passion for communications but her hard work and commitment to study.”
For Danika, the acknowledgements were a reflection of her personal belief: “I have a philosophy that if I do something I give it everything – I can’t do things half-heartedly. That’s just not me.”
Looking back on her schools days – at Harvey Primary School and Harvey Senior High School – Danika says community was an important part of her growing up.
“Going to the local schools really encouraged everyone to be part of the community,” she said.
“I remember my high school teachers really pushed me hard but also supported me greatly and opened up opportunities. In Years 11 and 12, I studied English, modern history and biology through distance education, and Japanese and maths at school.”
Not only was Danika dux of the school, she also got an ATAR of 96.5 and a prestigious John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship to study at Curtin University.
“The scholarship was awarded not just on academic performance but also on community service – and it paid for my degree.
“I am a strong advocate for public schools and the sense of community they bring.”