GLAD IT’S FINISHED: Stacey Thomas and Mika Varitimos are among four IGGS students to receive OP1s. Stacey will study music and Mika hopes to move into medicine.
GLAD IT’S FINISHED: Stacey Thomas and Mika Varitimos are among four IGGS students to receive OP1s. Stacey will study music and Mika hopes to move into medicine. David Nielsen

Students find Overall Position one of relief

MANY Ipswich high school graduates nervously checked their Year 12 results over the weekend, eager to find out if they qualified for further study or had met expectations.

Ex-Ipswich Girls' Grammar School students Stacey Thomas and Mika Varitimos found they were among Ipswich's brightest students when they both received OP1s.

The friends celebrated with IGGS head girl Lara Turner and dux Sherry Chou, who also received the top score.

The four girls congratulated each other after checking their results online early Saturday morning, and joined in on the annual Facebook chaos surrounding the release.

"I logged on at midnight and it was a bit scary seeing 'OP status: not currently available' and refreshing the page," Mika said.

"Afterwards I checked Facebook and it was already crazy with everyone sharing their OPs and their relief."

Both girls said they were happy their school lives had ended on such a positive note.

"It's been a crazy year, I've had to find time to play the clarinet and also to manage all my academic subjects like chemistry," said Stacey.

"I found out I was accepted into a Certificate in Music at the Con (Queensland Conservatorium) during our last exam block, which is what I want to do.

"I logged on at midnight to check my OP, but I wasn't too nervous because I'd already got my spot."

Mika, on the other hand, said her OP1 would help her to achieve her goal of studying medicine at university.

"I'd like to do medicine or pharmacy, and an OP2 would've been good but an OP1 is great."

Students who chose to wait for their results to arrive in the mail should start to receive their results today.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said 724 Queensland students had this year achieved OP1s.

Mr Langbroek said more than 30,000 students completed certificates while at school and fewer than 60% of school leavers would receive an OP, which is used to pursue further study.



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