Danielle Kerr-Upton, Mairi Jarvis, Kimberley Dunlop, Caitlin Farrell and Alex Skilling all were awarded an OP 1.
Danielle Kerr-Upton, Mairi Jarvis, Kimberley Dunlop, Caitlin Farrell and Alex Skilling all were awarded an OP 1. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Top marks bring surprise, joy

THE message “OP1” triggered a series of questions for secondary students; some even asked if the system had been hacked, or if they’d put in the right codes.

Getting an overall position (OP) of one was almost unbelievable for five Rockhampton girls, as well as for others in the region.

The teenagers, who have just finished school, all thought a mistake had been made when they logged into an online system to get their test results on Saturday morning.

Kimberley Dunlop, who graduated from North Rockhampton High School, said she logged into the Careers Information Service website twice because she didn’t believe she had an OP 1.

“I never expected to get a one ... I was aiming for a three,” she said yesterday.

The runner-up school dux was one of many high achievers to contact The Morning Bulletin yesterday about their success.

Former Rockhampton Grammar School student Danielle Kerr-Upton said she was apprehensive about checking her results and avoided it as long as possible.

But it was no surprise to her proud parents who said she had always loved maths and was a bright child.

Danielle plans to study engineering at Central Queensland University next year.

Grammar graduate Alex Skilling said seeing her score was such a relief and she felt “giddy” that all her hard work had paid off.

Alex said she was aiming for a one and felt fortunate she could now do anything she wanted in her future career.

Caitlin Farrell said she felt like school was finally over and she looked forward to going overseas for a year on a volunteer program before starting university.

Agnes Water’s Cassie Beaven was shocked to see her result and wanted to thank her mother and teachers at St Ursula’s College for always remaining patient and motivating her to do better.

Her advice to all year 12 students of 2010 was to work hard and make best use of your teachers.

“If you don’t understand something, don’t leave the classroom until you do,” she advised.

The Morning Bulletin wants to recognise all OP 1 achievers. If you got a top score contact Nikita on 4930 4259.

OP 1’S

These high achievers contacted The Bully yesterday after receiving their OP results on Saturday:

  • Danielle Kerr-Upton, Rockhampton Grammar
  • Mairi Jarvis, Rockhampton Grammar
  • Alex Skilling, Rockhampton Grammar
  • Kimberley Dunlop, North Rockhampton High
  • Caitlin Farrell, The Cathedral College
  • Cassie Beaven, St Ursula’s College
  • Oliver Boyd, St Brendan’s College
  • Joshua Gardner, Yeppoon State High


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