Isabel Longbottom and Andreea Ioan have more than one reason to celebrate in the lead up to Christmas – topping more than 25,000 Year 12 students – as the winners of the prestigious Beazley Medals.
Rossmoyne Senior High School graduate, Isabel Longbottom won the WA Certificate of Education (WACE) Beazley Medal for the highest examination marks of any student across five ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) courses in Year 12, and Willetton Senior High School graduate Andreea Ioan won the VET Beazley Medal for the most outstanding performance in vocational studies in Year 12.
Director General Sharyn O’Neill congratulated Isabel and Andreea at a presentation event in Kings Park this morning.
“I know how much hard work and dedication goes into Year 12 studies, and I would like to congratulate both students on their outstanding achievement,” she said.
“School staff, teachers and family members of these students should also be acknowledged for the contribution and support that they have provided to their education over the years.
“I would like to wish both graduates continued success as they embark on this next exciting chapter of their lives."
Isabel also won a General Exhibition, Subject Exhibition in Physics and Certificates of Excellence in Chemistry, Literature, Mathematics Specialist and Physics as well as a Certificate of Distinction.
Speaking at the presentation event this morning, Isabel credited her continued focus throughout the year to her success.
“After all the hard work and study, it really means a lot to receive this acknowledgement,” she said.
"It's important to choose subjects you enjoy, so studying throughout the year isn't a chore."
There has been a record number of 4477 students to win awards in the annual School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards this year.
Andrea achieved a VET exhibition and VET certificate of excellence in Sport Recreation and Public Safety.
Already working as a personal trainer, Andreea said her success will help her go on to study sport rehabilitation science at university.
“I've always been into sport. I started fitness training when I was 12 years old,” she said.
"I believe you should always do what you love, everything should be done with passion."
At this morning's announcement, Andreea said she was excited to be one of two females recognised.
"I'm all for lady power," she said.
"We should always have a voice and be heard, so I'm really proud to be awarded alongside Isobel today."
Thirteen of the 50 students who received General Exhibitions for the highest scores in ATAR examinations were graduates from Perth Modern School.
All students will be presented with their awards at a formal ceremony at Government House in February.