Alexandra aims high

JUGGLING the responsibilities of school captain with work and Year 12 studies was no easy feat for Alexandra Roberts.

However when VCE results were announced last week, the bubbly Pound Creek girl knew her dedication and sacrifices had paid off.

The Newhaven College student earned an impressive Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 98.1.

When The Star spoke to the bubbly 18-year-old last week, the scope of her achievement had not sunk in.

“It was just a bit of a shock. I was hoping for a good score and I had done my best all year, so I was hopeful, but I did not really know what to expect at all because the scores are scaled and measured against the rest of the state.”

School leadership duties were time consuming but developed her in a way that studies could not.

“I grew a lot from where I was this time last year. There have been some many opportunities that I have been able to grab a hold of.”

As captain, Alexandra and the school leadership team oversaw the raising of $13,500 for Harvest Cambodia to provide English lessons to Cambodians to enhance their employment prospects.

She also addressed crowds at Australia Day and Anzac Day ceremonies at Cowes, ran school assemblies and met with principal Gea Lovell fortnightly.

On Sundays, Alexandra worked at Inverloch Newsagency.

Reflecting on her success, Alexandra paid tribute to her “amazing teachers”.

“It’s been quite difficult to say goodbye to them.”

A student of Newhaven since Year 7 after graduating from Tarwin Lower Primary School, she praised the school community, the staff and the friendliness of students.

“The staff are fabulous and work hard to instil a big sense of responsibility, just to help you make the right decisions.”

Alexandra chose a broad selection of subjects, taking maths methods, textiles, English, literature and global politics, complimented by psychology in Year 11.

Global politics has led her to question her future direction, but at this stage, she is not sure which path to follow.

Alexandra is considering studying arts at university, but time will tell.

“I’m hoping that in the next 12 months, being away from school and leadership, hopefully what I will miss the most will tell me what it is that I want to do.”

The daughter of Tim and Sally Roberts spent last week near Beaufort, taking part in a leadership camp run by the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation, joining 30 other students from around Victoria.

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