College and Pakenham Dux
Dux Jasper McDowell’s study scores reflected his diverse interests. He achieved a 49 in English, 48 in French, 44 in Literature, 43 in Mathematical Methods and 48 in History (in Year 11). Jasper also completed Extension Studies this year at the University of Melbourne in History and Philosophy of Science.
Jasper was very happy with his ATAR and said he particularly enjoyed studying French, which he described as a “different learning experience” to his other subjects.
“It’s a different perspective on the world. Last year I did History and we studied the French Revolution, so it really tied in,” he said, adding that studying French also gave him a better understanding of his first language. Next year he plans to do an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne.
His teacher Yelena Pinchuk described him as “brilliant, humble and hardworking”.
“Jasper is committed to doing his best, never avoids challenges, takes responsibility for his studies, cares for others and takes a genuine interest in many topics – from history to politics to literature to languages,” Ms Pinchuk said.
She paid tribute to Jasper’s teachers throughout his time at Beaconhills: “In the same way it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a school community to raise a student to such a standard.”