Hard work key to success for Rocky's James Shaker
JAMES Shaker had his chance to rub shoulders with Queensland's brightest school leavers.
Last Saturday the Rockhampton Grammar School graduate was recognised for his exceptional academic achievements.
James, who recieved an OP1, was one of only 37 students who were chosen from 27 different Queensland schools for awards in six different categories.
Attending the event at the State Library in Brisbane, the Rockhampton Grammar School Dux was awarded a QCE Achievement Award.
James, who is now studying science at the Australian National University said throughout his school days he enjoyed studying as he had the chance to learn new things.
However, he had to work hard for the results he achieved.
"There will always be late nights of work, but you have to realise it's okay for life not to be breezy," James said.
"While you have to work hard on studies, don't be discouraged if things don't go your way. They (marks) are not there to define us as a person, they are there for us to learn how to do these things.''
Minister for Education, Kate Jones also attended the event tocelebrate the states brightest minds.
Ms Jones said all of the students who received a QCE Achievement Award were a credit to their school communities.
"I recognise the hard work and dedication of teachers who supported these students to achieve their learning goals," the Minister said.
"We see that students from state, Catholic and independent schools throughout Queensland are represented in our top academic achievers."