SATISFYING was the word Bomaderry High School’s Veda FitzSimons used to describe her 99.7 ATAR score.
“I didn’t think I would get as high as that. I was hoping to get somewhere in the high 90s,” she said.
Veda blitzed her HSC to make the all-round achievers list for receiving over 90 per cent in all of her subjects.
The 17-year-old received 95 for English advanced, 48 out of 50 for English extension one, 49 out of 50 for English extension two, 93 for mathematics advanced, 97 for visual arts, 99 for Italian beginners, and 44 out of 50 for mathematics extension one.
Her high ATAR was the mark she needed to study arts and law at Sydney University next year.
“I am not really sure where I want to end up. At the moment I am interested in human rights, so I could possible get into internat- ional law, but I will just have to wait and see how the degree goes,” she said.
Veda wouldn’t say how much time she put into studying for her exams.
“It was pretty full on. But I didn’t have a meltdown or anything like that. I just had to manage my time well and focus,” she said.
“I was most happy with my extension two English mark because I put so much work into it.”
Veda’s artwork has also been selected for ArtXpress where her work will be exhibited in Tamworth, Hazelhurst and Shoalhaven galleries.
The Berry girl was also Bomaderry High School captain, a regional representative at a state leadership conference, and was on the State Conference Action Team that organised the NSW Student Representative Council conference.
She also teaches children sewing at the Berry Patchwork Shop.
Veda said she could not have achieved her results without the help of her English teacher Karen Forsyth.
“She has been absolutely fantastic, guiding me through English. She really kept me sane this year,” she said.
“And I am incredibly proud to have gone to a public high school.”
HIGH ACHIEVER: Berry’s Veda FitzSimons was over the moon with her 99.7 ATAR score. Photo: RUBEN FITZSIMONS
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