Best of QLD's class of 2014 recognised at awards ceremony

QUEENSLAND'S top performing Year 12 graduates from the class of 2014 today were recognised and rewarded for exceptional academic achievement in their school studies at the inaugural Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards ceremony.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) hosted the awards at the State Library of Queensland where 33 students from 26 State, Catholic and Independent schools received prizes in six categories.

Minister for Education Kate Jones presented Elizabeth Baldwin of Mount St Michael's College with a certificate, trophy, and cheque for $1000 as the overall Outstanding Academic Achiever.

"Elizabeth's results in Year 12 were truly outstanding and included Very High Achievements in seven subjects as well as a university subject," Ms Jones said.

"I'm especially happy to be able to present this award to a student from a school in my own electorate. To be recognised as the state's highest achieving student from a cohort of nearly 50,000 is a remarkable achievement that Elizabeth and her family can be exceptionally proud of.

"Elizabeth's achievement is a testament to the principal, teachers and school community at Mount St Michael's College and their great work.

"I wish Elizabeth every success as she embarks upon an Arts/Law degree at The University of Queensland."

Ms Jones anticipated that the QCE Achievement Awards would become a prestigious annual event on Queensland's education calendar.

"These new awards celebrate the achievements of students who best demonstrate breadth and depth of learning across a range of subjects and courses," she said.

"The students not only achieved an OP1 and an 'A' on the Queensland Core Skills Test. Most did more than the traditional six Authority subjects, often in combination with university studies and vocational education and training at diploma level or higher.

"What sets these students apart is that they achieved the highest grades and rankings across their learning program.

"The inaugural award winners come from across Queensland and school sectors, reflecting the strength and diversity of senior schooling in our State.

"All of the students who received awards today are well placed to achieve further success at university and ultimately make valuable contributions to the community in their working lives."

Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Award winners

Outstanding Academic Achiever:

  • Elizabeth Baldwin, Mount St Michael's College, Ashgrove

Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student:

  • David Menczer, Nerang State High School

Highest Result on the Queensland Core Skills Test:

  • Rebecca Marshall, Loreto College, Coorparoo

Distinguished Academic Achievers:

  • Aiden Leeman, Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough
  • Allen Gu, Brisbane Grammar School
  • Callum Bryson, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Callum Woods, Kenmore State High School
  • Clarise Sornachalam, Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay
  • Corey Hanrahan, Clairvaux MacKillop College, Upper Mt Gravatt
  • Danyon Ramsay, Groves Christian College, Kingston
  • Declan Sela, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Dimity Thoms, Forest Lake State High School
  • Elizabeth Baldwin, Mt St Michael's College, Ashgrove
  • Elizabeth Johnston, Ferny Grove State High School
  • Emily Pryor, The Rockhampton Grammar School
  • Hamish Mulcahy, The Southport School
  • Ishvar Nedunchezhian, The Southport School
  • Jasmine Miller, The Glennie School, Toowoomba
  • Joshua Sutton, St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly
  • Matthew Carter, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Michael Dunne, Beaudesert State High School
  • Mitchell Quinn, Bray Park State High School
  • Rachel Tomassen, Varsity College, Varsity Lakes
  • Robert Hartley, Bentley Park College, Cairns
  • Solenne Heggarty, All Hallows' School, Brisbane
  • Tamara Bohler, St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly
  • Thomas Barnwell, Toowoomba Grammar School
  • Thomas Watkins, Toowoomba Grammar School
  • Leon Shen, Brisbane State High School

Highest Achievement by an International Student:

  • Shayara Perera, Brisbane State High School

Highest Achievement in the International Baccalaureate:

  • Amelia Walters, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
  • Conor Leach, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
  • Jackson Huang, Queensland Academy of Science Mathematics and Technology
  • Samuel Naylor, St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly

The award criteria and prizes can be viewed at: