TOP MARKS: Gin Gin High school students Emma McLennan and Hollis Brandt both scored OP1. Photo: Leah Kidd / NewsMail
TOP MARKS: Gin Gin High school students Emma McLennan and Hollis Brandt both scored OP1. Photo: Leah Kidd / NewsMail Leah Kidd

Gin Gin OP's a new record

Gin Gin State High School has welcomed the best OP one result in the school's history, with three graduates taking out the top score.

School Principal Darren Wallwork said in the school's history, never had such an outstanding result been achieved.

"We've had two ones at a time in the school's history, but never three," he said.

"It's great that we've had possibilities to reach the very top results, with three bright lovely ladies."

The top scoring students were Emma McLennan, Hollis Brandt and Ella Wherritt.

Emma McLennan said she got the surprise of her life when she saw her result.

"I was expecting around a two or a four, definitely not a one," she said.

Emma was accepted to study medicine at James Cook University (JCU), her first QTAC preference.

The top scoring student aimed to work in emergency medicine upon graduation.

Hollis Brandt hoped for an OP one but said she wasn't sure she'd made the cut.

"I knew there was always the three of us in close competition, it was a nice surprise," she said.

Hollis said she put in the hard yards, but had always come second to the dux.

"I'd live in the library stressing - it was nice to have something to show for what I've done," Hollis said.

The OP one student will study a science degree at CQU.

"I wanted to stay local, I'm living with friends in Bargara," she said. 

Hollis said she hoped to continue on to a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering.

"It will overlap with the science course," she said.

The school leaver said she wanted to work for renewable energy companies upon graduating.

Ella Wherritt was dux of the school, but didn't know if she'd get an OP one. 

"I was hoping, but I really wasn't sure," she said.

Ella was accepted into the University of Queensland's science program and aimed to work in a research lab studying biofuels when she graduated.

Mr Wallwork said the three girls encouraged one another.

"I think they spurred each other on to get the best results," he said.

Emma achieved dux of the school in years eight through to ten, while Ella took the title in the senior years.  

 "At times it was very stressful with the work load, but they all got what they wanted," Mr Wallwork said.

Year twelve bought Hollis and Emma closer together as they shared the role of school captain, but said the task didn't interfere with their studies.

"It wasn't too difficult, we could share the duties around," Emma said.

Mr Wallwork said the result had been positive for the school and the community.



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