Alice top of the class

ALICE Barnett has 99.95 reasons to smile after she received her year 12 results.

The Launceston Church Grammar School student is just one of three in the state to have attained the highest Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank possible from the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority.

According to a list of the top 100 who attained a ranking above 98.4 released by the Education Department yesterday, Alice attained the highest rank along with The Hutchins School's Sam MacIntyre and Hobart College's Rose Mackie.

Scotch Oakburn College's Julian Lambert (99.7) and Launceston Church Grammar's Aram Cox (99.75) rounded off the top three for the North.

Launceston College's Edmund Ting (99.5) and St Patrick's College's Zachary van Tienen (99.3) were the top ranked students in their schools.

Alice, 18, of Newstead, said she was aiming to do well and attain at least a 98.7 to get into the course of her choice, a seven-year double degree in engineering and law at Monash University.

She said that although she would have liked to stay in Tasmania, very few universities offered such a degree.

Alice said she didn't wait up until 2am Monday when the results were released, but checked her emails the following morning.

``I was surprised and then I was very excited, but I think my first thought was that I got a scholarship, which is what I really wanted to achieve,'' she said.

Julian, 18, of East Launceston said his rank will contribute to only part of his entrance to the universities of his choice in the US.

With plans to eventually become an astronaut, he hopes to be accepted into an aerospace engineering degree at either the University of Colorado or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

``It's a big goal and I have a long way to go yet,'' Julian said.

Zachary said he set himself a goal in year 7 to attain above 99, so he was pretty relieved when he saw his results early Monday morning.

The 17-year-old from Prospect will attend the University of Tasmania next year where he is keen for a career in either medicine or science.

Edmund, 18, of Riverside said was would be starting a degree in either science or mathematical science in Adelaide in the new year.

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