Projects better by design

THE Higher School Certificate (HSC) might be over for students Eli Cameron and Mark Bersolto, but the journey has just began.

The Canobolas Rural Technology High School students could have their HSC major works exhibited at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

The HSC markers picked the boys’ work as two of the best in the state.

Eli produced a film called Spot Me, which delved into the emotional struggles young men have with their image.

He was dumbfounded when he was told he had been selected to apply for a spot in the Powerhouse exhibit.

“I got a letter from the Board of Studies and I thought I was in trouble,” he said.

“I opened it and it was amazing. It means a lot to have outside recognition, the teachers and friends and stuff are a bit biased.”

Mark said he lived and breathed architecture. He designed an eco-friendly house for his major work in design and technology, a house he hopes to build one day.

“It was a big boost to get recognition, to be nominated as one of the best in the state,” he said.

“I heard the postman and I ran out and ripped the letter open.”

He has not stopped smiling for days.

The students hope the exhibition will mean a career boost for them.

“A really big boost, as in you get lots of industry people walking around and looking at these things, so I’m hoping to get a few follow up calls or emails,” Eli said.

The boys still have some red tape to get through before they get the go-ahead to enter the exhibit.

They have been nominated, but still  must apply to be accepted.

The boys spent a combined total of about 1000 hours on their major works in the last 12 months.

“I’m very proud,” Mark said.

“It was a pretty big deal to be selected,” Eli said.

nicole.kuter@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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