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Thursday, 21 November 2013
Page: 1039


Ms O'DWYER (Higgins) (13:55): I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of the 2012 Australian Student Prize in my electorate of Higgins. This is a significant honour which is awarded to the top 500 students across the country. It is an award that recognises excellence in academic achievement. Students in my electorate who have received this award include Ronald Zhang of Scotch College, who achieved the maximum score of 50 in VCE English and physics and achieved the maximum ATAR of 99.95; Albert Wang of Melbourne Grammar School, who achieved the maximum ATAR of 99.95; Georgina Davie of Lauriston Girls School, who achieved the maximum score of 45 for the International Baccalaureate and was also the 2012 school captain and recipient of the City of Stonnington 2012 Young Citizen of the Year award; India Mckenzie of Lauriston Girls School, who achieved the maximum score of 50 in VCE English and visual communications; Rebecca Rice-Lacy of Camberwell Girls' Grammar School, who achieved the maximum score of 50 in VCE psychology; Kate Dempsey of Wesley, who achieved an ATAR of 99.55; Winston Dzau of Melbourne Grammar School, who achieved the maximum score of 50 in VCE biology, chemistry and physics and the maximum ATAR of 99.95; and Tabatha Turner of Lauriston Girls School, who also achieved the maximum ATAR of 99.95.

I would like to acknowledge the families of these students—the parents and siblings—whose understanding helped these students to achieve their best. I congratulate the schools on these students' achievements.