Wimmera students' achievements recognised at Premier’s Victorian Certificate of Education Awards

TOP OF THE CLASS: Nhill College 2017 dux Lauren Kerber received her Premier’s Victorian Certificate of Education Award from Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
TOP OF THE CLASS: Nhill College 2017 dux Lauren Kerber received her Premier’s Victorian Certificate of Education Award from Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

NHILL College graduate Lauren Kerber and Birchip P-12 graduate William Lee have been honoured at the Premier’s Victorian Certificate of Education Awards.

The Wimmera students each received study awards which recognise the best performers in individual VCE subjects.

Education Minister James Merlino handed out the awards on Monday night at a ceremony in Melbourne.

Ms Kerber was Nhill College’s dux in 2017 and received an award for achieving a perfect study score of 50 in Equine Studies.

The 18-year-old said she was thrilled to receive the award.

“It’s recognition for how much effort I put into that year,” she said.

“I was interested in the course because I wanted to do something that gave me hands on experience and a chance to expand my knowledge around biomechanics.

“This subject took a lot of effort to get through because I had to do everything from a distance as the course was based out of Wangaratta.

“That meant I had to often travel there for assessments, as well as travel for work placements.”

Ms Kerber said she was currently working full time.

“In year 12 I didn’t know what I wanted to do at university, so I thought my best option was to get out into the workforce,” she said.

Nhill College principal Mark Zimmermann said the school was extremely proud of Ms Kerber’s achievements.

“It’s a fantastic achievement considering she was one of only 274 students to receive an award,” he said.

Former Birchip College student William Lee was recognised at the awards for achieving a study score of 47 in Agriculture and Horticulture Studies.