Ryan’s Dux lined up
BANORA POINT High School student Ryan Anspach completed two first year university-level courses at Bond University during his HSC year, scoring a credit and high distinction.
He was awarded an $80,000 scholarship for a double degree in law and international relations before he sat his final exams.
"I've been working towards it (scholarship) for 18 months and when it was confirmed I was just so relieved," Mr Anspach said.
The 19-year-old said he had "studied really hard" to make sure his grades were good and got involved in extra-curricular activities to make sure his CV "looked really good", including the United Nations Assembly at Bond, debating and the formal committee at Banora High.
"An ATAR of 92 was the one I was aiming for, but as it happens I was actually Dux. I didn't actually have to get a certain grade other than getting Dux," Mr Anspach said.
"Going into my HSC I already knew I was in, so there was no pressure, but personally I still wanted to get the best I could because it would seem like a waste of 13 years to not get the best result I could."
Mr Anspach praised his school's focus on the early entry system.
"I think it's a more holistic approach," he said.