Locals’ top marks

RESULTS: Bordertown High School student Eilish Thomas relaxes at her grandmother s house, satisfied with the work she did last year in her Year 12 studies at Bordertown High School.TWO Bordertown students achieved Merits in their 2014 SACE, capping a great year for country students.

Emily Burgess (Immanuel College) received merits in her Research Project and Mathematical Applications while Kimberley Langley (Seymour College) was awarded a merit in Physical Education.

The number of merit grades achieved by country students increased significantly in 2014 – from 92 in 2013 to 124.

SACE board chief executive officer Neil McGoran praised the dedication of students State-wide.

“It’s inspiring to see so many country students striving and succeeding with their studies,” he said.

“They all deserve to be proud of their achievements.”

Even closer to home, Bordertown High School’s Eilish Thomas is also celebrating a good year with the books.

Eilish achieved an A+ in Art, an A in Maths Applications, an A- in English Communications an A in Biology and an A- in Chemistry, adding up to an ATAR

of 97.7.

She said she was pleasantly surprised to do so well.

“Especially with Art,” she said. “That’s the main thing I’m passionate about.”

Eilish said she had always hoped to do well but it was nice to get what she did.

She has been offered a place in Visual Arts at Flinders University/TafeSA but has decided to take a gap year first and work around Bordertown.

Year 12s this year have big shoes to fill with the success of past years, but Eilish suggested they take it slow and steady.

“I would probably say I’m a very slow worker,” she said. “Just keep at it and have little breaks.”

Emily and Kimberley will have their achievements publicly recognised at the 2015 Merit Ceremony at Government House in Adelaide along with other Year 12 merit students on February 10.

At the ceremony they will receive a certificate signed by Dr McGoran detailing the subjects in which they received merits.

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