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Perth Modern and Harvey Ag girls win Beazley Medals as WA's top students

Public school students have taken out the state's top two secondary education awards.

Hui Min Tay from Perth Modern School and Megan McSeveney from the Western Australian College of Agriculture - Harvey - both won the coveted Beazley Medal in their respective categories.

Ms Tay was the top of the class for the Western Australian Certificate of Education's and Ms McSeveney led the way for Vocational Educational Training students.

Ms Tay achieved the highest School Curriculum and Standards Authority award score and racked up an impressive tally of honours including:

  • General Exhibition 
  • Course Exhibition in Ancient History, Chemistry and Physics
  • Certificate of Distinction in Ancient History, Chemistry, Mathematics: Specialist and Physics
  • Certificate of Commendation.

She told Radio 6PR's Christina Morrissey that she wasn't at all confident about her results after her last exam on November 9.


"I thought, 'Oh, dear, I've stuffed it up'," she said.

Ms Tay wasn't yet decided on which university she would attend, but a career in science could be beckoning.

"I'm still waiting on offers from the universities, but I'm thinking of an undergraduate course in science. Maybe later a PhD in chemistry - or maybe medicine," she said.

Ms McSeveney achievements included completing a Certificate II and III in Agriculture; Certificate II in Production Horticulture; and Certificate II in Wool Handling.

She said her interest in agriculture had come from living on a farm in South Africa.

"I hope the medal will open up more opportunities in study and in industry," she said.

Ms McSeveney hopes to one day have her own dairy farm.

Education Minister Peter Collier congratulated both students on their prestigious awards.

"They have not just done well this year; they have shown a commitment to their education over many years," he said.

"I congratulate all students who have completed their secondary education this year and encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way."

Some 25,000 year 12 students headed online when the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre released its Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings on Tuesday.

Ali Robson, 17, of City Beach had been anxiously awaiting her ATAR score when one of her friends posted via Facebook that the results were up.

Both her parents were home and able to share in their daughter's joy in scoring over 90.

"I've worked so hard throughout year 11 and 12 and I'm very happy with my result," Ms Robson said.

The schools with the highest number of general exhibition winners were:

  • Perth Modern School [9]
  • St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls [6] and
  • Presbyterian Ladies College and Christ Church Grammar School [3].

The schools with the highest number of award winners were:

  • Perth Modern School [79]
  • Rossmoyne Senior High School [41] and 
  • St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls [40].

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