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Dux surprised at VCE results

Rochester Secondary College student James Leahy is the dux of his school for 2013 with a Victorian Certificate of Education score of 89.9.

ELAINE COONEY December 17, 2013 4:52am

Rochester Secondary College dux James Leahy with principal Bernie Altmann.

Rochester Secondary College student James Leahy was ‘‘really surprised’’ with a 7.30am wake-up phone call from his principal yesterday.

Principal Bernie Altmann called to tell Mr Leahy he was dux of the school with a Victorian Certificate of Education score of 89.9.

‘‘I thought I did terribly in my exams, I wasn’t expecting much of a result at all,’’ James said.

He said he did not complete his English paper, so was not confident about his results.

Mr Leahy said he hoped to study an arts degree at Melbourne University.

He said after a year or two he could specialise in one subject.

Mr Leahy put his good result down to reading books several times.

‘‘I read all my English literature books at least three times,’’ he said.

‘‘I love reading; it’s an easy way to absorb some information.’’

Mr Altmann said he was ‘‘very proud’’ of Mr Leahy and all of the students that worked to the best of their ability.

‘‘James is a very talented musician as well,’’ Mr Altmann said.

Mr Leahy said rehearsing with his band Milksteak was a ‘‘bit of an outlet’’ from study throughout the year.

Mr Altmann said Rochester Secondary College students results were better than last year and excelled in health and human development, food technology and psychology.

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