Consistency key to ATAR success

CONSISTENCY is key to getting a top Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) mark according to Orange's top point scorer Annabelle Carter.

The Kinross Wolaroi School student received a 99.80 mark out of a possible 100 points in yesterday's ATAR announcement.

"It was a flood of relief that all the hard work had been worth it," she said.

Thanks to the score her dream to study a double degree of medicine and music at The University of Sydney next year is a reality.

"I want to do medicine and this will allow me to keep my music up," she said.

James Sheahan Catholic High School student Makaela Bowman received the top ATAR score for her school with a score of 99.45.

"I was pleasantly surprised," she said of the result.

A double degree in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering is on the cards for Orange High School student Damian Kirkness thanks to a score of 99.1 .

"I saw that [the result on his computer] and was pretty excited," he said.

"I didn't expect to get that high."

Orange Christian School's top performing student Caelan Maxon's ATAR of 97.6 was 15.1 points higher than the school's top score last year.

"You have to really strive for it...it's about making sure you consistently put in the effort," he said.

It was a good result according to Caelan who will kick off his goal to become an English professor by studying Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wollongong.

"I like English and you can look at your career options with English," he said.

"The author thing appeals to me [as a career] but I need a more reliable income."

Canobolas Rural Technology High School's Nicholas Howell said his ATAR of 79.6 has helped him secure a place to study animation at The University of Melbourne.

Makaela, Damian, Caelan and Nicholas have all decided to take 2014 as a gap year.

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