High achiever graduates in class of her own
YEARS of hard work and sacrifice have paid off for Sarah Pick, who was awarded Dux of Monto State High School at the end-of-year ceremony at the Community Hall last Tuesday.
The softly-spoken senior studied Maths B, Physics, Chemistry, Ancient History and Music in her final year and is looking forward to the beginning of a new chapter.
An accomplished musician and amateur linguist, Sarah taught herself Japanese, Welsh and German online in her spare time, and will have a chance to put this unique skill to use when her family travels to Wales during the Christmas holidays.
She practises the flute daily, but as her work-load increased she made the tough decision to give up brand rehearsals to dedicate more time to the books.
Sarah is keeping her options open and is pondering a gap year, despite harbouring ambitions to study occupational therapy at CQ University's Bundaberg campus or the University of the Sunshine Coast.
After 12 years at school she's relieved to be so close to graduation and said the prestigious award was a welcome surprise.
She said her history teacher, Tess Roger, had left a lasting impression.
"It was a really good feeling because I worked hard for it,” Sarah said.
"The teachers have been really supportive and they want you to do the best you can.
"My Ancient History teacher, Ms Roger, was great.
"You always knew what she expected from you and she always made classes fun while making sure we were still learning.”
Proud father Kerin Pick said it was a nice reward for the sacrifices his daughter had made.
"Even if she didn't win the award we still would have been proud of her,” he said.
"We were happy that all her hard work paid off. It was time well spent.
"Good marks open doors and she can choose to go into a number of fields.”
Monto State High School principal Kylie Cochran said the school had seen great improvements academically in 2018.
"Our Year 12 students have worked really hard to cement their end of year results,” Mrs Cochran said.
"They have made their choices for university, employment or further training and are all on track for success.
"They've put in a huge effort and it's evident in the results.”
Mrs Cochran is confident the small town's only school is heading in the right direction, providing an education that can rival any school in Queensland.
"We're competitive with other schools across the state,” she said.
"We can offer our students the same - if not better - education than bigger schools on the coast.”