TRINITY College year 12 student Vinh Nguyen has achieved a perfect Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score.
Vinh, who returned a 99.95 result, is one of five Trinity students in recent years to attain the perfect score.
The ATAR is a gauge of how well a student has performed relative to other secondary school students across the country.
Vinh told The Bunyip, while travelling home from holidays, and just prior to finding out his outstanding score, that it had been a big year.
His outstanding result, which included merit awards in English Studies and Physics, was achieved while he also studied part-time at the University of Adelaide.
“This year was pretty hectic for me, but through time management and good organisation, I got there,” Vinh said.
“I had contact hours with the University Adelaide, so I had to make sure that didn’t interfere with my school studies.
“I survived on minimal sleep and a ton of coffee, and I hope the results speak for themselves.”
Aside from Vinh’s great result, Trinity also achieved a new record of its own, with its top 20 students attaining ATAR scores of 97 and above.
This is in addition to 45 of its students attaining an ATAR above 90.
Vinh’s score will mean guaranteed entry to his first preference university course – a double degree in Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Adelaide.
He said he is looking forward to starting his tertiary study, and hopes it will lead to a career in creating prosthetic limbs.
Trinity College principal Nick Hately said the results was a credit the hard work of students and staff.
“It is always great to acknowledge when particular kids do well, for Vihn Nguyen to get a perfect score of 99.95 is remarkable – it is just so difficult to actually do,” Mr Hately said.
“But, we are also thrilled with the variety of kids who have achieved high scores and are equally proud of the kids who worked hard to achieve their personal best, too.”
Olivia Wilson (99.45), Lydia Jones (99.25), Alyce Heap (99), Johannes Smit (98.85) and Callum Borchard (98.55) were also among the school’s top achievers.