Banora Point High year 12 graduates Pearl Latemore, Jay Jermyn, school captain Jake Harte and Chantelle Dooley celebrate finishing school.
Banora Point High year 12 graduates Pearl Latemore, Jay Jermyn, school captain Jake Harte and Chantelle Dooley celebrate finishing school. Crystal Spencer/ Tweed Daily News

Lofty ideals for Banora Pt dux

BANORA Point High School student Pearl Latemore was named the original School Dux at yesterday's inaugural Year 12 graduation assembly.

The 18-year-old student was awarded a $40 000 scholarship to Bond University for her outstanding academic achievements.

Ms Latemore said she planned to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Bond because she wanted to become a doctor.

“I went to Bond for a school's trivia night and loved the uni campus,” she said.

Miss Latemore was told almost a month ago she would receive the scholarship.

“It's been so exciting and rewarding and I am going to miss everyone from school,” she said.

School captain Jake Harte said it was a big relief to finish school.

“It was really good to see all the proud parents come down to the assembly,” Mr Harte said.

The 19-year-old said he hoped to work with P&O Cruises or get a job as a flight attendant.

“I really want to travel and I think I have the personality for it,” he said.

Banora Point High School opened in 2004, and the current Year 12 was the first group of Year 7 students at the school.

Year advisor for Year 12 Rebecca Hay said it had been a rocky road getting the group to Year 12.

“With each new school year the teachers had to implement new programs, and we had to try lots of new things as we went along,” Ms Hay said.

Yesterday was the first graduation assembly the school had put together.

“It was really successful and the hall was decorated with students' self portraits they had done in art classes in Year 7,” Ms Hay said.

“The teachers kept them specifically to display them at the graduation assembly.”

Head of creative arts Lexi Cutcher ran the graduation assembly yesterday and said the Year 12 group were the strength of the school many times.

“They are a fantastic bunch of kids who had no role models above them to lead the way,” she said.

“Any achievement they made was from their own discovery and they have showed the younger kids the way.”



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