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Seymour College's 2012 Dux Nick Frizzell awarded

Seymour College dux Nick Frizzell has a bright future ahead of him and was pleased at the school’s awards ceremony last week when he learned he had earned the honour.

RANDALL JOHNSTON December 26, 2012 4:20am

Seymour College student Nick Frizzell was proud to be named Dux at the school awards ceremony on Thursday last week.

‘‘We got our results back on Monday (last week),’’ he said.

‘‘I was pretty pleased with my score.

‘‘They asked me to come into school on Tuesday and I was pretty happy when they told me (that he was dux).’’

With an ATAR score of 82.6, Mr Frizzell is now waiting for a first round offer from Swinburne University’s engineering school at Hawthorn, Melbourne — that should come through in a few weeks’ time.

‘‘My uncle Tony Tebble works as an engineer up in Queensland.

‘‘I want a challenging career that involves maths and science.

‘‘My favourite subject this year was specialist maths, because of the extreme detail you have to go into things.’’

Mr Frizzell said he had learned a lot from Seymour College chemistry and specialist maths teacher David Beckett.

He said he also wanted to thank his family for being so supportive and giving him space to study when he needed it in the lead-up to final exams.

Mr Frizzell is excited about the prospect of moving to Melbourne’s inner suburbs and getting stuck into an engineering degree.

‘‘It takes about four years,’’ he said.

‘‘After I get my degree, I want to try and shift into the defence force eventually and set myself up with a career there.’’

Seymour College’s Loco St Campus principal David Mills expressed his satisfaction with this year’s senior results.

‘‘Like many rural schools, we are aiming to boost the proportion of our students proceeding to university study,’’ he said.

‘‘We succeeded in that with last year’s exit students, where close to 50 per cent of our Year 12 students took up university places early in 2012 — a percentage well above that of similar schools.

‘‘Let’s hope that this year’s students have similar successes when university place offers arrive in January.’’

College principal Tim McCartin also congratulated all of the 2012 final year class.

‘‘There were 53 students eligible to complete the Victorian Certificate of Education and, of those, 48 successfully gained the certificate — giving this year’s class a 91 per cent pass rate,’’ he said.

‘‘Seventeen senior students also successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

‘‘A number of other students also gained admission rankings well in the upper range, including Harley Bird, Perri Suffredini and Josh Szitovszky.

‘‘Also, eight in the class of 2012 have already received early provisional offers of tertiary places through LaTrobe University,’’ Mr McCartin said.

‘‘This year’s senior students showed excellent leadership in our college throughout the year.

‘‘We look forward to hearing about the next steps all of them will take as they move into further study, training or employment.’’

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