Broome’s brightest minds

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Luka Wray, 18, and Fynn Stokes, 17, were named dux of their respective Broome schools.
Camera IconLuka Wray, 18, and Fynn Stokes, 17, were named dux of their respective Broome schools. Credit: Jakeb Waddell.

The finish line is in sight and a year of freedom awaits for a pair of young Broome geniuses, who took out top academic honours recently.

Luka Wray, 18, was named dux of Broome Senior High School at her graduation last month, while 17-year-old Fynn Stokes was awarded the same accolade for topping the St Mary’s College cohort.

The two Year 12 students are in the midst of their WA Certificate of Education exam period, but look forward to taking a well-earned gap year before starting university.

Luka, who has scored a work experience gig at a local law firm next year, said she was “pretty chill” to win the prestigious prize and hoped to spend a year doing everything she had missed out on by taking on university-bound studies.

“I am still a little undecided what I am doing,” she said. “Two universities have sent me an early offer, which is really exciting. They are both double bachelors in law and psychology.

“Eventually, I think I will look towards doing forensic psychology as a job. But for next year, I want to do my work experience, hang around town, do a bit more sport, just everything that I missed out on doing because I wanted to do ATAR.”

Fynn will take the adage “put one’s feet up” to a literal level as he plans to have knee surgery and spend most of next year recovering.

He said it was a shock to be named dux.

“I’m planning the gap year next year after my surgery on my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament); I want to get that right,” he said. “My hope is to do a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sport Science, which has a bit of a physical component. In the meantime, I’ll be around town, working and helping where I can at the local footy.”

WACE examinations are set to be completed by November 19, with results sent out on December 19.

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