If ever there was a year when every kid should get a prize, it is this year.
The VCE class of 2021 has endured up to 267 days under stay-at-home orders during seven lockdowns over the past two years. Many caught COVID-19 or had family members who were infected with the virus.
Regardless of whether they were personally touched by the coronavirus, every student had the crucial final two years of their schooling heavily disrupted.
Yet, this year, more than 12,000 students did well enough in at least one subject to feature in our honour roll.
The students are listed in the honour roll, alongside the school they attended, for achieving a study score of 40 or more in a particular subject.
Each study score is between zero and 50. Thirty is the mean study score, and a score of 40 or above puts them in the top 9 per cent of the state.
This year, there were 552 students who scored 50 in at least one subject, and 4339 who managed to score 40 or above in more than one subject.
Some managed to score 40 or more in every subject.
Mount Waverley Secondary College dux Rachel Tan achieved four perfect study scores of 50 in English language, accounting, further maths and Japanese as a second language. She also achieved a study score of 48 in biology this year, and a 47 in maths methods last year.
Anh Nguyen from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, managed to score 40 or more in six subjects this year.
The number of high achievers in each subject is broadly reflective of that subject’s popularity, not of their relative difficulty.
Not all students who achieve a score of 40 or more appear in the honour roll. Some choose not to have their details published.
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