Outstanding Academic Achiever: Rachel Hauenschild, of Kenmore State High School.
Outstanding Academic Achiever: Rachel Hauenschild, of Kenmore State High School.

Meet the state’s top OP students

THE top students from the class of 2017 have been revealed with the top prize taken out by Maths lover Rachel Hauenschild of Kenmore State High School.

Rachel was one of 32 Year 12 graduates who were picked from hundreds across the state as having achieving the very highest academic marks.

From a short list that had names, gender and schools removed a panel today picked 28 distinguished academic achievers as well as individual awards in other special categories.

The Queensland Core Skills test was done by about 28,000 students in 2017 and Brisbane Grammar School's Stuart Moss was awarded for getting the highest result.

His school mate Cheng Zhang was named highest achieving international student.

Forest Lake State High School graduate Lucinda Colbert won highest achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

Highest Achievement by an International Student: Cheng Zhang, Brisbane Grammar School.
Highest Achievement by an International Student: Cheng Zhang, Brisbane Grammar School.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority hosted the event at the State Library in South Bank where students from 20 state and non-state schools received prizes.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the 2017 Year 12 cohort was the largest ever to graduate.

"These annual awards are a special opportunity to honour the hard work and commitment of our top students and the teachers and families who supported them," Ms Grace said.

Distinguished Academic Achiever: Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School.

 

"This year's overall Outstanding Academic Achiever award went to Rachel Hauenschild of Kenmore State High School who received a certificate, trophy, and $5000 prize money.

"She achieved exceptionally highly in all her school subjects, the Queensland Core Skills Test, tertiary entrance ranking, and in two university subjects and will pursue her passion for mathematics at The University of Queensland where she has a scholarship.

Highest Achievement in the International Baccalaureate: Thomas Wu, Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology
Highest Achievement in the International Baccalaureate: Thomas Wu, Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

"I look forward to hearing Rachel's name associated with many more achievements in the future."

"Approximately 53,000 Queensland students completed Year 12 last year, so the 32 students who've been recognised today can be very proud of their achievements.

QCAA chief executive officer Chris Rider said the awards highlighted the strength in depth of secondary schooling in Queensland.

 

Distinguished Academic Achiever: Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School.

 

"Queensland schools support pathways to further education, training and work for all Year 12 students, while also enabling the very brightest to achieve to their full potential," Mr Rider said.

"All today's award winners are well placed to be successful at university and make valuable contributions to the community in their careers."

The QCE Achievement Awards are sponsored by Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and University of

Southern Queensland.

 

2017 QCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

High achievers Rachel Hauenschild, Stuart Moss, Lucinda Colbert and Cheng Zhang. Picture: Peter Wallis
High achievers Rachel Hauenschild, Stuart Moss, Lucinda Colbert and Cheng Zhang. Picture: Peter Wallis

Outstanding Academic Achiever:

- Rachel Hauenschild, Kenmore State High School

Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student:

- Lucinda Colbert, Forest Lake State High School

Highest Result on the Queensland Core Skills Test:

- Stuart Moss, Brisbane Grammar School

Highest Achievement by an International Student:

- Cheng Zhang, Brisbane Grammar School

Highest Achievement in the International Baccalaureate:

- Thomas Wu, Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

 

Distinguished Academic Achievers:

Louis Backstrom, Brisbane Grammar School

Aditya Chilukuri, Brisbane State High School

Esther Cho, Helensvale State High School

Patrick Cummins, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

Rupert Dwyer, St Peters Lutheran College

James Dyer, Anglican Church Grammar School

Jade Eldridge, Mueller College

Jasmine Elliott, Toolooa State High School

Joshua Grice, Brisbane Grammar School

Daniel Harness, Brisbane Grammar School

Liam Harris, All Saints Anglican School

Rachel Hauenschild, Kenmore State High School

Jina Hong, Somerset College

Phillip Huynh, Brisbane State High School

Distinguished Academic Achiever: Rupert Dwyer, St Peters Lutheran College.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Rupert Dwyer, St Peters Lutheran College.

Kenton Lam, Varsity College

Saki Maehashi, Brisbane State High School

Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School

Kelly Park, Somerset College

Joshua Pelach, Smithfield State High School

William Price, Townsville Grammar School

Connor Ryan, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

Patrick Sharkey, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

Ryan Taylor, St Laurence's College

Sophie Tomassen, Varsity College

Ruby Turner, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

Callum Waite, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

Lilia Walsh, Trinity Anglican School

Daniel Walton, Hillbrook Anglican School

Distinguished Academic Achiever: Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School.

 

 

Highest Result on the Queensland Core Skills Test: Stuart Moss, Brisbane Grammar School.
Highest Result on the Queensland Core Skills Test: Stuart Moss, Brisbane Grammar School.
Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student: Lucinda Colbert, Forest Lake State High School
Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student: Lucinda Colbert, Forest Lake State High School
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Jasmine Elliott, Toolooa State High School.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Jasmine Elliott, Toolooa State High School.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Lilia Walsh, Trinity Anglican School.
Distinguished Academic Achiever: Lilia Walsh, Trinity Anglican School.


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