Success all adds up for smart alec

BUNDABERG North State School has a budding Einstein in Alec Gray.

The Year 6 student has just placed in the top 1% in the state in English, maths and science in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools, run by the University of New South Wales.

The science lover was ecstatic when he was awarded three high distinctions for the exams.

“In the past it had been my aim to get three distinctions, but I had always got one credit so it was good to make the big jump,” he said.

Alec already has big plans for the future.

“I want to be an engineer or maybe some sort of person who helps cure a disease,” he said.

The 12 year old said he enjoyed all his subjects but his favourite was science.

“I like mixing chemicals and because in science you get to do interesting stuff,” he said.

Alec's teacher Wayne Trudgian said he was “the quiet, get your work done” type of student who excelled in all areas.

“I don't think anyone would be surprised with Alec reaching three high distinctions,” Mr Trudgian said.

He said the youngster also excelled at sport and, at the beginning of the year, his peers voted him to represent them on the student council.

Fifty-four students participated in the testing at Bundaberg North State School, with 11% of the students gaining a high distinction.

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools provide tests for each year level in each subject and are taken by 1.7 million students in Australia and New Zealand.

“I want to be an engineer or maybe some sort of person who helps cure a disease.” Alec Gray


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