Hard work, dedication and a strict routine has paid off for this calm and collected all-rounder, who is now officially Broome’s best performing Year 12 student. St Mary’s College bright mind Daniel Ralph achieved an ATAR of 97.45 for his 2020 studies, finishing in the top 2 per cent of the State and at the top of the table in the Kimberley town. His impressive result came just weeks after being named dux of the Catholic school, where he had also been appointed head boy for the year. Daniel now plans to leave his hometown for the first time after being accepted into a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree at the University of WA. The 18-year-old will also continue to juggle his studies with his passion for swimming and still hopes to forge a career as a professional athlete. Daniel said he was looking forward to the new challenges ahead and was proud of his long list of accomplishments in his final year at school. “It was relieving to see my hard work had paid off,” he said. “I was aiming for an ATAR of 96, so to get above that and then find out I scored the highest was the cherry on top, but definitely was not my aim; it was about getting the highest that I could. Now I’m looking forward to uni, I’ve been in Broome my whole life so the change to the big smoke will be good — a little daunting, but pretty exciting.” Daniel, pictured, said he had enjoyed his well-earned break since finishing his final exams and was not used to having so much spare time. “I’ve just chilled out with friends, caught up on sleep, taken a rest from the textbooks,” he said. “All of a sudden I could sleep in until midday then go swimming at 4pm, it was great.” Daniel’s message to this year’s cohort of Year 12s was to work hard and not waste time. “It sounds simple, but stick to your routine and get what you need to get done,” he said. Broome Senior High School dux Tilah Doyle topped her school with an ATAR of 96.35.