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What a Wonderful Start for The Wizards of Aus

What a Wonderful Start for The Wizards of Aus

With 503 students from Sunway College’s Australian Matriculation Programme (AUSMAT) obtained great scores in the 2021 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) tests. They also won various prizes from major Australian universities, the new year is off to a wonderful start.

Of this cohort, 116 students achieved ATAR 90 and above, while 209 students achieved ATAR 80 and above.

Topping the list of graduates is valedictorian Chirag Malani, who achieved an ATAR of 99.35 (out of a possible 99.95) on top of receiving two School Curriculum and Standards Authority (of Western Australia) awards.

This places him at the pinnacle of the worldwide cohort – the Special Subject Award. That is English as an Additional Language or Dialect (for achieving the maximum possible score in the subject) and Special Subject Certificate of Excellence: English as an Additional Language or Dialect (for reaching the top 0.5% of all students in a given year in a subject).

He also receives the Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) Scholarship from the Malaysian government and will pursue his undergraduate degree in Germany later this year.

Chirag has this to say about his academic journey at Sunway College, “Diamonds are made under pressure and that perfectly sums up where we are today.

“This journey through AUSMAT at Sunway has certainly prepared us for the next step in our academic journey and beyond.

“I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my lecturers for going above and beyond yourselves in assisting us and tenacity and selflessness you have shown is no less of an inspiration”.

Top awards

Amongst the years’ top scorers are also Cheryl Chow Shu Wei, Muhammad Naufal bin Amil Azhar, Nabil Syarafuddin Poo bin Muhammad Izzuddin Poo, Woo Jun Jian, Darren Yap Yee Shern, Too Yuzhi, Sam Carl Benz, Ong Wei Candice and Tan Jun Yong.

Cheryl Chow, who achieved an ATAR of 99.2, putting her in the top 0.8% of all WACE candidates worldwide, says: “There are no secrets to success. It all depends on the days and nights of hard work put into achieving your dreams”.

She is joined by fellow recipients of top awards: Too Yuzhi, who achieved an ATAR of 98.7 and the Special Subject Certificate of Excellence: Accounting and Finance, and Tan Jun Yong, who achieved an ATAR of 98.45 and Special Subject Certificate of Excellence: Human Biology.

Joining their Malaysian high achiever friends were many high-achieving international students. Hailing from Sri Lanka, Daham Deshan Vidudhara Hewa who achieved ATAR 97.15 shares his learning experience studying away from his home country.

“I learnt about the importance of hard work, strategy and sacrifice when it comes to studies. I will forever remember and reflect back on my Sunway Life as a positive and rewarding time period”.

Proud Director of AUSMAT Sunway College and Assistant Director of Pre-University Studies Sunway College Vanitha Satchithanadan says this about the latest batch of young award-winners, “In 2021, due to extended periods of lockdown, our AUSMAT students dived deep within themselves to discover the extent of their strength and discipline.

“I know my AUSMAT students are equipped with the Presence of Mind, Fortitude of Character & Confidence to deal with any and all obstacles in your way. I am confident that they are best prepared to enter universities worldwide”.

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