Top-scoring students lock in university goals
CAITLYN Donohoe's hours of hard work and dedication to her long-term goals has been rewarded with an OP1 and receiving the Biloela State High School's Dux Award.
Ms Donohoe wants to study Law and Arts at University of Queensland and to eventually practice Human Rights Law.
"I was very elated and super proud to get these results,” Ms Donohoe said after the OP results were announced last Saturday.
"Sometimes I was doing up to three hours of study a day and couple of times up until 3am in the morning.”
She has also won a LEAD scholarship from the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland.
Caitlyn was born with a rare muscle condition (arthrogryposis) but was determined not to let it stop her from achieving her goals.
"I would like to eventually do human rights and because I have a disability, work on some social justice issues to be a voice for those who can't represent themselves,” she said.
Earlier this year Caitlyn was a state finalist in the Lions Youth of the Year competition for high school students and won the public speaking component.
Her good friend Katelyn Ninness scored an OP2 and has been accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University to study the viola.
Katelyn has been playing the instrument for nine years.
"I'm pretty happy to get that score and the work I did for the whole year,” she said.
"To get in and study for university it was audition based but I don't like doing a half a job and wanted to do some good quality work.
"I wanted to be the best I can be and it's taken a lot of long nights of hard work to achieve these goals.”