Kingscliff High dux beats the odds
WHEN it came to scoring a full scholarship to Griffith University, Kingscliff High School dux Joeline Philip knew the odds were against her. But the 17-year-old girl who loves maths has beaten applicants from all over Australia to become the first student from her school to nail one of the 70 prestigious Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships worth $20,000 over four years. Joeline Philip knew the odds were against her when it came to scoring a full scholarship to Griffith University. But the17-year-old who loves maths has beaten applicants from all over Australia to nail one of the 70 prestigious Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships worth $20,000 over four years. This year the scholarship%received more than 500 applications, but places were offered to only those who displayed "academic ability, leadership and community service", among other things In Joeline's case, having a top Universities Admissions Index of 98.25 also helped. The Pottsville resident also got accepted into the University's Honours College program%designed to nurture outstanding students to greater heights. "I heard the news on Tuesday and I was crying," Joeline said. Kingscliff High School principal Alan Tolley said the school was enormously proud of her achievement. "Joeline has been the academically outstanding student of her year every year since she started at the school in year seven," Mr Tolley said. Set to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in banking and finance, Ms Philip wants to become either a stock broker or a%financial analyst "I have a head for figures," she said. "I first remember in Year 4 sitting in bed and reading my maths book." A public school student all her life, Joeline has always been drawn to the logic of numbers. "There is a right and wrong answer, but you can still approach the same question in numerous different ways," she said. "Just the thrill of doing a really hard question and getting it right is great." Entering a male-dominated world of finance doesn't seem to faze the young girl who believes in pushing past such barriers. "I believe in pushing past such barriers and ensuring people are valued on their merit not on their gender," she said. Joeline said she was thrilled to become Kingscliff High School dux. "I always wanted to have recognition for doing well academically," she said. "It fulfils me."