Local school leavers prepare for further studies

Highview College 2018 graduates Bailey Raats, Bridgette Bates and Jackson Solomano have all chosen unique career paths to follow after high school.

Some of Maryborough’s brightest are preparing to take the next step in their education after a successful final year of secondary school in 2018.

Former students from Highview College and Maryborough Education Centre (MEC) will be making the leap into tertiary education and a range of exciting courses and other further studies from this year.

MEC graduate Todd Doran will be studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science majoring in marine biology at Deakin University this year, an area he’s always had an interest in.

“I was never really definite on what I wanted to do until about halfway through year 12, but marine biology has always been on the radar,” he said.

“It’s an area that’s moving forward, more jobs are becoming available because it includes things like fisheries which need to be sustainable for the growing population.

MEC graduates Riley Ford and Todd Doran will be moving into the fields of mathematics and marine biology.

“Ultimately I’d like to be in conservation work and focus on a particular animal, but there’s a lot of other jobs you can go into.

Riley Ford is another MEC student looking to the future and will be taking on a mathematics course at RMIT in 2020.

“The course is pure mathematics which involves complicated equations, but I want to pursue statistics so this is a gateway into it,” he said.

Three of Highview’s 2018 graduates have also made unique course choices since leaving school, with Bailey Raats set to study Global Science and Technology Program at Deakin, while Bridgette Bates will start a physiotherapy course at ACU and Jackson Solomano hopes to become a pilot with an aviation course at RMIT.

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 12

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