Premier's VCE Award winners recognised

The future of Victoria is in great hands if this year's 290 recipients are any indication.

Last Monday 3 June, in front of more than 1000 guests at the Melbourne Convention Centre, 290 students were presented with a Premier's VCE Award for their exceptional achievements in the 2018 Victorian Certificate of Education.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino MP, spoke proudly about Victoria's record number of 50,981 VCE students in 2018, and the incredible passion, perseverance and diligence shown by Premier's VCE Awards recipients to achieve their perfect and near-perfect scores.

Among the recipients, 21 Top All-Round VCE High Achievers were recognised for achieving study scores of 46 or higher in at least five VCE studies.

The Premier's VCE Awards also demonstrated the breadth of study and career opportunities available to Victorian school students; 87 subjects were recognised at the ceremony through the 293 Study Awards presented for excellence in single subjects.

A full honour roll of this year's Premier's VCE Awards recipients is now available, and below are the inspiring stories of three recipients featured at the award ceremony.

James White, VET Agriculture and Horticulture

A young farmer, an aspiring lawyer and a professional dancer were featured in three videos played the ceremony to show the diversity of talent and ambition among the award recipients.

Rutherglen High School student James White has his sights set on following in his family's footsteps as a cattle farmer, and has a keen interest to ensure the sustainability of the industry's future practices through research and development.

"Our family farm was established in 1869. I hope to be the sixth generation to farm the property and to lead positive change to help build a sustainable agricultural industry," James said.

"I'm excited about my future, I believe that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

Read more about James' story, see: Greener pastures are right here

Nathan Pavey, VET Dance

Currently on tour in New Zealand with the Australian musical production of Westside Story, Nathan Pavey received a Premier's VCE Award for Dance (VCE VET) completed at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Nathan is still on cloud nine, having danced straight from his VCE studies into a professional performance debut as Snowboy in the internationally well-known and loved musical.

"I still haven't had the realisation moment yet. I still need someone to pinch me!" Nathan said.

Read more about Nathan's story, see: Billy Elliot eat your heart out!

Maryam Ahmed, Psychology

Receiving a Study Award for Psychology, Maryam Ahmed from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School is equally focussed on her future – currently studying Commerce Law at Monash University.

Maryam also spoke about the importance of the support she received from her family and teachers during her VCE.

"I really believe this is more than a symbol of my own efforts – behind this award is the support of my teachers, friends and family who were all a significant part of my VCE journey." 

Read more about Maryam's story, see: Staying in the right head space