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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 December 2016
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Theofano Tsentikopoulou achieved the highest score in Modern Greek with 49. Two Greek Australians top the state with an ATAR of 99.95 GLC student Theofano Tsentikopoulou achieved the highest score in Modern Greek with 49 Alec Leos and James Kerlidis had big grins on their faces come Monday morning when they received their ATAR results, and rightly so, having achieved a perfect score of 99.95, joining 0.05 per cent of VCE high achievers. They join 33 other students across Victoria, five of whom are from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and another five from Haileybury, which ranked best in this year's VCE exams, while Alexandra Liacos from Girton Grammar School received 99.55. NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. 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Christopher Gogos Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Editorial director: Nelly Skoufatoglou Journalists: Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Dean Kalimniou, Theodora Maios, George Stogiannou, Billy Cotsis, Zoe George, Gerard Papasimakopoulos Proofreader: Angela Costanzo Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Nicole Denton Surprised by his score, Alec says he has yet to decide exactly which course he will be pursuing, but has his heart set on the biomedical field at Melbourne University, which has already offered him a scholarship. But his secret to success is simpler than you'd think, and a philosophy that others would be wise to take on board. "I chose classes that I liked," Alec told Neos Kosmos. "That's why I was always committed, because despite the difficulties and fatigue, I loved what I did." Aside from that, he is thankful for "the support and guidance I received from my parents", which he says played a vital role, namely his mother, who took the year off work to be by his side. But it is his late grandfather to whom he says he owes his current success. Having migrated to Australia from Arcadia in 1955, where he worked hard to build a life for himself and his family, it is his perseverance and spirit that are a constant source of inspiration for the teenager. "The story of his life taught me a lot. I have no idols, but hopefully inherited endurance and perseverance," he said. Meanwhile, the Greek Language Community's (GLC) evening schools had a successful year, with Theofano Tsentikopoulou achieving the highest study score in Modern Greek with 49. The year 11 student at Balwyn High moved to Melbourne from Greece a year and a half ago, and decided to complete her VCE Greek a year earlier. Making her family and teachers proud, her father Nick told Neos Kosmos his daughter is a dedicated student and looking to study architecture. Joining Theofano were fel- low GLC high achievers Eleni Ioannou with 47, Despina Haidemenos 46, Harrison Giavris 41, and Erini Kallergis with 40. The GLC also boasted the top three achievers in Classical Greek, Jason Wong taking out the top spot with 38, Karyakos Douros 37 and George Gabriel 36. "Apart from these excellent students, noteworthy high scores were achieved by other students as well, which shows the quality of our teaching program, the highly-qualified teaching staff, the nature of the pedagogical approach and diligence of the students of our schools," said Mr Manos Tzimpragos, principal of the GLC schools. Oakleigh Grammar also had a record year, with more than a third of the student cohort achieving an ATAR over 80. Dux for 2016 was school captain Michaela Takos, who is looking to pursue studies in biomedicine, and was joined in the top three by fellow Monash scholars Phillipos Kormos and Perry Katapodis. Dimitris Antonopouolos, Christina Katatriori and Erini Souli were the school's high achievers in Modern Greek, received a score over 40. At Alphington Grammar the highest ATAR was achieved by Shawn Lin with a score of 98.15, followed closely by five students. Forty-nine per cent of the participating student body achieved an ATAR of 80 and above, with a considerable number of students receiving scores of 40 plus in subjects including Modern Greek, English, history, and maths (further, specialist and methods) among others. Alec Leos received a perfect score of 99.95.
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