VCE stars who beat all comers with a perfect 50

In a timely move during a pandemic, she intends to study immunology as a scientific component of her degree.

“What I do is just follow my interests because I know that if I do something that I love, it won’t look like work,” Hope says.


Aimeree Manabat, a student at Taylors Lakes Secondary College, isn’t even in grade 12 yet, but she’s been good enough to outperform every other Victorian student in creative and digital media, scoring a 50 in the VET version of the subject in 11th grade.

Aimeree, 17, designed the digital branding of a fictional donut shop and made an animated water safety video.

Previously, she wasn’t sure if she was right for a career in design, but her top marks gave her the confidence to take it further, she says.

“I expected, I guess, a standard score. I was surprised and ecstatic, I had no words when I saw him.

Melanie Nguyen has enjoyed dancing since she was a child and has turned her favorite leisure activity into academic achievement.

A grade 11 student at Haileybury’s senior girls’ campus in Berwick, Melanie opened her results for her two VCE subjects on Thursday to find that she had achieved a perfect study score of 50 in dance. She had choreographed and performed her own contemporary lyrical piece as well as a written exam.

The result is all the more impressive as the pandemic has restricted Melanie’s ability to rehearse and show her teacher her work in person.


“It was really tough on Zoom and tough with a small space and no studio,” she says.

“There was nowhere to really be able to work, rehearse and develop my solos with a substantial space where I could fully do whatever was really difficult.

“My teacher was really great. She sent us her videos and she would get back to us very quickly.

Despite her significant accomplishments, Melanie will continue to dance for fun and will focus on studying law or business after graduating next year.

“I’m passionate and love it, but for me it’s always been an outlet outside of school,” she says.

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