Amidst the turmoil of remote learnings and the pressure cooker environment of VCE, Nathan Rokebrand achieved perfection.
He was one of just six students to receive a Premier's Study Award for Health and Human Development.
The Holy Trinity College Year 12 student scored a perfect 50 for the VCE subject, which he studied in 2020.
He studied two Year 12 courses last year, Health and Human Development and Math Methods and is taking four this year - English, Chemistry, Physics and Specialist Mathematics.
He said he was asked about the award by a teacher, which he had forgotten about, which is understandable given the hectic schedule of a Year 12 student in 2021.
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"I was a bit excited," he said.
Mr Rokebrand is all about giving his utmost for his work and taking opportunities as they come.
"Anything that's worth doing, it worth overdoing," he said.
The 17-year-old is also a College Captain and House Captain and hoped to pursue mechanical engineering in Adelaide after completing his VCE studies.
He had been working on the schools Pedal Prix program since it started when he was in Grade five and loves the idea of fixing things.
"I got involved in that and since then I've progressively got more and more involved particularly with vehicle maintenance and preparation," he said,
"I quite enjoy the problem solving element."
Mr Rokebrand said he wanted to accelerate in another subject in 2020 and decided to give Health and Human Development a go.
"It seemed interesting and I think that's key in anything subject you do," he said.
"A lot of people will look at the scaling of a subject as a guide on whether to take it but it's way more important to do something you enjoy."
Even with this high achievement and being a leader of the school, Mr Rokebrand said he and his fellow students studying Health and Human Development were driven to success thanks to their teacher, Mr McLaughlin.
"He has been a massive support," Mr Rokebrand said.
"We spent so much time running through practice questions and marking rubrics.
"We spent time looking at the question and breaking it down."
He said Mr McLaughlin reciprocated the effort students put in.
"That's what makes good results great," Mr Rokebrand said.
Mr Rokebrand said he also had support and mentorship from family and friends.
"I've had quite a lot of support both this year and last year from family and friends," he said.
"Helping me where I want to go and setting me up for success."
As College Captain, Mr Rokebrand said his fellow Year 12 students are doing well despite lockdowns and restrictions.
"One of the silver lining from last year is that we learnt how to make lockdown work for us," he said.
"You get that flexibility studying from home.
"We've been able to take advantage of that and still kept up."
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