Dux duo share their formula for success

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Annabella Knight and Luke Garbin.
Camera IconAnnabella Knight and Luke Garbin. Credit: Alexander Scott

Hard work and determination was the key to success, according to two top students at Hedland Senior High School.

This year, the school recognised two dux awards, one for ATAR, won by Annabella Knight and one for VET, taken out by Luke Garbin.

University-bound Annabella Knight said it felt surreal to receive the award and it was an excellent way to finish Year 12.

Ms Knight, who studied English, modern history, geography and maths as well as completing a Certificate II in Visual Arts and Food Science, said procrastinating was not a good idea.

“Hard work goes a long way, and procrastinating is not a good idea — if you put in the work now, time flies by so quickly, and before you know it it’s gone,” she said.

“So work hard now because you can enjoy the rewards later on.”

VET dux winner Mr Garbin echoed the mantra that dedication and hard work was the key.

Mr Garbin took part in two trade training classes, metals and design and engineering, and completed rail infrastructure and metal fabrication certificates on the side.

“Dedicate time to studying, because in the end, that’s what gets you those high marks,” he said.

While they share the same work ethic, the pair’s futures look vastly different.

Ms Knight plans to spend the next year in town, saving money before heading to Perth to study communications at Murdoch University.

“Public relations, marketing and journalism — it fascinates me and that whole spectrum seems interesting and exciting, so I might as well give it a crack,” she said. Mr Garbin said he had a passion for trades and his goal was to get a local electrical apprenticeship.

“It’s something I’ve grown up with — my dad’s an electrician,” he said.

Mr Garbin said he hoped to get a local apprenticeship but is concerned about the lack of opportunities in town.

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