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Dux's score the highest ever for Echuca school

Echuca College student Eleanor Denson has been awarded the highest ATAR score received by a student at the school.

JESS CRAIG December 18, 2013 4:50am

Eleanor Denson has been named Echuca College's Dux for 2013, with a VCE score of 98.60. Eleanor is pictured with principal Chris Eeles.

It was the text message Eleanor Denson had been waiting for.

On Monday morning, the Echuca College student learned her ATAR score and wasn’t disappointed.

‘‘I got 98.60,’’ Eleanor told the Riverine Herald.

‘‘I’m really, really happy. A little bit shocked, but very happy.

‘‘I think my parents are even happier than I am.’’

The score is the highest-ever received by an Echuca College student, and also means Eleanor has been awarded dux of the school.

Principal Chris Eeles said he was pleased with results received by his students.

‘‘Last year we had our highest score in the VCE, but Eleanor has topped that,’’ Mr Eeles said.

‘‘We’ve also had 20 per cent of our students receive early entry to university and that’s a great thing for them.

‘‘We’re very proud of Eleanor.’’

Eleanor hopes to study a double degree of science and engineering and is deciding between Melbourne University or Monash University.

‘‘Monash have just offered me a scholarship, so I’m leaning towards them,’’ she said with a smile.

‘‘I won’t be taking a gap year... I can’t wait to go to uni.’’

She said she has always loved science and likes the creative side that engineering offers.

‘‘I’m curious, I like learning and I like the idea of doing research and discovering things that could help to make lives better,’’ Eleanor said.

Eleanor said she had worked hard throughout the year and studied consistently, but still allowed herself to have ‘‘a little bit of a life’’.

‘‘I think the best thing I did was fast-track (where a year 11 student studies a year 12 subject) some of my subjects,’’ she said.

‘‘I got good scores in the subjects I fast-tracked and it really took the pressure off me this year.

‘‘I’d definitely recommend students look at doing that if they have the option.’’

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