AFTER two years of study and stress, the top students from Melbourne’s Jewish schools can now breath a sigh of relief after finding out their results.
Mount Scopus Memorial College this year boasts two students with perfect scores, with Adam Grodeck and Ariel Kuperman among just 27 students Victoria-wide who recorded 99.95.
Grodeck was granted a scholarship to the University of Melbourne for a bachelor of science degree, but said his result now opens up a new window of opportunity.
“I think I’m still in a bit of a state of disbelief,” Grodeck told The AJN.
“I was never expecting to get the score that I did, so I’ve had to think about rearranging my preferences, but it’s a nice dilemma to have.”
Kuperman, who is currently on a family holiday, was singled out for praise from his fellow dux.
“He’s just an incredible student,” Grodeck said.
“He’s really intelligent and really dedicated … you couldn’t think of a more well-deserving person.”
Bialik’s Jonathan Woliansky initially found out his results via the Herald Sun, which leaked the grades prematurely, and was rapt when he officially received his perfect score and a scholarship to the University of Melbourne.
“It’s a huge relief, now I can sit back and relax,” Woliansky said.
“The main plan is to do medicine and become a doctor, [but] in terms of specialising I haven’t really decided yet.”
At Leibler Yavneh College, Yael Lefkovits scored 99.85 and will head to Israel next year with Bnei Akiva, before returning to study medicine.
“It’s a big relief to finally have the mark and not have to still do all the work,” Lefkovits said.
“I’m probably going to take a gap year and go to Israel, and then I’d like to come back and study medicine … at either Melbourne or Monash.”
Ella Loeffler topped The King David School with a score of 99.75 and will also embark on a year-long journey to Israel with Habonim Dror, but plans to study science on her return with a view to a career in zoology.
“Obviously you can’t sum up your schooling experience in a number, but it’s the cherry on top,” Loeffler said. “I love animals and I can see myself working with animals, doing a postgrad of vet science or wildlife conservation.”
Yeshivah College student Yudi Landau impressed with his score of 99.75.
“When I got my mark I almost fainted,” Landau said.
“I’ll go to yeshivah for one or two years and then we’ll see, I don’t exactly know yet.”
Beth Rivkah Ladies College standout performer Noa Bloch, who scored 99.45, plans to undertake a law/commerce degree after a year off to live in Israel.
“Yeah it was a big relief,” Bloch said. “I enjoy studying so I’m happy to see where [university] takes me.”