School Dux follows family's footsteps with top OP score
ROCKHAMPTON Grammar School Dux Emma Wong ended her secondary school career on a high as one of the school's six OP1 students.
School Dux Emma Wong ends her family's journey at RGS and is the fourth child in the family to study medicine.
Oldest sister Rachel (RGS 2008) completed her medicine studies at James Cook University in Townsville and will start working in surgery in Townsville next year, sister Sarah (RGS 2011) this week graduated from medicine at Monash University and brother Michael (RGS 2014) has just completed his second year of medicine at James Cook University.
Father Nicholas is also a doctor and her mum Phuong is a nurse.
"We all have our own personal goals and aspirations to want to study medicine,'' Emma said.
Emma's RGS peers Emma Wong, Aniqa Hussain, Jessica Pownall, Sarah Mackenzie, Gabrielle Matthews and Tomas Beak also received OP1s on Saturday.
RGS also had 12 students receive OP2 scores; Michael Chamberlain, Anirudh Chipiri, Okindu Gamage, Zeena Gadsby, Harrison Gambling, Megan Kelly, Kristy Mandal, Campbell Miller-Waugh, Sushmita Prasad, Rafeeqah Rasul, Rachel Russell and Tess Waller.
The results were above the state averages.
The RGS OP1 percentage was 4.48% compared to the State percentage of 2.77% while the School's OP2 percentage was 8.96% compared to the State average of 4.06%.
Emma, Aniqa and Gabrielle are awaiting their university options for medical studies, Sarah hopes to pursue a pharmacy career while Tomas and Jessica plan to study engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds praised the students' efforts.
"The results are a collaborative effort between the students, their parents and the School,'' Dr Moulds said.
"The School wishes our graduates all the best for their future in the variety of paths they will now take,'' Dr Moulds said.
The School had 35 students achieve an OP 1 - 5 and 94.02% of the School's OP graduates, 126 of the 134 eligible students, recorded OP scores in the 1-15 bracket. This was the second best performance for the School in the 1-15 bracket since the introduction of the OP system in 1992. This was again an outstanding result compared to the State figure of 81.35%.
All of the School's 177 graduates were also awarded their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
Dr Moulds said this was an outstanding achievement and again a testament to the efforts of everyone at the School.
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