TOTAL SUCCESS: Sums add up to OP1 for Warwick science whiz
NUMBERS have been a big part of Jordan Simmers's life, but there is one that stands out from the rest.
Since finding out on Saturday morning he achieved an OP1, the Scots PGC graduate hasn't been able to stop smiling.
Almost certain he will be offered a place in medicine at the University of Queensland, Jordan is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon.
The goal has been at the forefront of his mind for nine years.
"I am just really interested in maths and science, and medicine is a really good career that is always changing and new studies are being put out that make it a really interesting career all throughout life," he said.
The 17-year-old studied chemistry, biology, physics, maths C, maths B and English in Year 12.
Coming to the end of a long journey, he was overcome with relief to get the result he was hoping for. "It was great, I was just smiling I guess," he said.
Scots PGC College principal Kyle Thompson said the entire cohort had performed exceptionally well, ranking number 18 in the Courier Mail's list of top-performing Queensland Schools.
Of the graduating students, 30 per cent received and OP result of 1-5 and 97 per cent achieved 15 or higher.
"We are thrilled. They are a good cohort and a good group of humans," Mr Thompson said.
"Having said that, it is not all about the OPs. We had 22 students obtain a Certificate III and three students obtained an apprenticeship," he said.
Assumption College principal Kort Goodman congratulated his graduates on the hard work they put in throughout the year, with 85 per cent of students receiving an OP 1-15.
Parent and teacher Sue Higgins said it was important to remember the OP result didn't define young people.
"More important than any number is how balanced, happy, resilient they are," she said.