Bright future beckons for young duxes

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Gabrielle Hill, 17, and Jordan Bacon achieved the highest ATAR scores for their respective schools in Broome.
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A young genius has added another accolade to his resume just weeks after being named top of his cohort.

Broome Senior High School graduate Jordan Bacon, 18, accomplished the highest Australian Tertiary Admission Rank in Broome for 2018 after being named dux of the college in October.

The future medicine student scored a ranking of 97.9, which means he achieved as well as or better than 97.9 per cent of the Year 12 school leaver-age population in school results and WACE examinations.

Mr Bacon said he was happy to score the town’s highest ATAR, but it was just the beginning of his educational journey.

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“It is obviously a great achievement that I am extremely proud of but at the same time it does not change anything,” he said.

“I will still have to work just as hard at university and just as hard at work, so it is really just something I can keep for myself to reflect on.”

Mr Bacon has been accepted into direct entry medicine at the University of Western Aus-tralia, where he will move dir-ectly into the course after a three to four-year undergraduate degree.

“Getting accepted into medicine was when I knew the time that I had put in had been worth it,” he said.

“It is something I was aiming for throughout ATAR and to achieve that was a big relief.”

But Mr Bacon is taking some time to enjoy himself first and is working and on holiday in Chamonix, France.

“I have been here for a month now and am planning to stay until the end of April,” he said.

“I am improving on my French every day, which is important to me, and then snowboarding on my days off.”

St Mary’s College Broome’s highest-scoring student was Gabrielle Hill, 17, who was also named dux of her school in October.

Gabrielle scored 95.45, the best score out of the school’s 10 students who completed university-bound studies.

Gabrielle said it felt good for her effort to be rewarded.

“I definitely feel like my hard work paid off —the more I thought about it the more I realised just how much effort I actually put in and I am really happy with it,” she said.

Gabrielle has been offered positions at a number of universities in Melbourne. She hopes to complete a Bachelor of Arts in history and international relations, which she will start on this year.

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