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Rosie's on track to be new medico
Written on the 6 February 2017 by scotch
With a career in medicine in her path and the added motivation of an intense sibling rivalry, a Hills schoolgirl has seen her hard work pay off by achieving outstanding results in her Year 12 scores.
Rosie Robinson of Mt George scored an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) result of 99.7 after she graduated from Scotch College late last year. As well as topping the entire college with her outstanding ATAR, Miss Robinson was also named Dux of Sciences and received merits in chemistry and psychology.
She also received two merits last year as a Year 11 student in biology and for her research project. The 17-year-old's excellent scores saw her accepted into a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Adelaide as part of the first round of university offers. Miss Robinson said she was extremely focused throughout the year after deciding she wanted to study medicine around two years ago.
"Originally I really wanted to study to become a vet," she said.
"But as time went on I became more interested in doing medicine.
"It was such a relief to be accepted into the program for next year."
However, it wasn't just a future in the field of medicine that pushed her to achieve but the opportunity to eclipse the scores of both her older sisters.
"My older sisters Alice and Lucy scored over 99 on their ATAR score as well," she said.
"I worked extremely hard because I really did want to beat their scores.
"I managed to score the highest out of the three of us which was a great feeling, I've certainly made them aware of it."
Miss Robinson started her education at Stirling District Kindergarten before beginning primary school at Stirling East Primary School. She moved to Scotch College in Year 2 and said that while maintaining her study workload she tried as hard as she could to not cut out her social life.
"Finding that appropriate work/life balance was a real big thing for me," she said.
"I didn't want to just cut things out because it was refreshing to get away and not be totally focused on studying."
A total of 3995 SA country students successfully completed their SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) in 2016 which was 162 students higher than the previous year.
SACE Board chief executive Dr Neil McGoran said it would continue to support rural and regional school communities to build on the gains in student success.
"We will work closely with schools to build upon this progress from the past six years," he said.
"The next five years are a critical opportunity to innovate through renewed curriculum and digital assessment, to enable our young people to continue to meet the challenges of tomorrow."
-- Original article by Tom Staggard appeared in Mount Barker Courier, 1 February 2017. Photo: Mount Barker Courier.
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