Reports, Achievements and Policies
Student Highlights 2016
- Sonny Tran and Lilly Deluca both received Governor of South Australia Commendation for 2016. Only 28 students throughout the state are recognised in this manner.
- Holly Stapledon was awarded the National Scholars Leadership Scholarship at the Australian National University in Canberra (ANU) as part of her application process for the 2017 Tuckwell Scholarship.
- Emma Troughton was successful in winning a scholarship to attend the Global Youth Leaders’ Conference in Europe.
- Holly Stapledon was awarded the ‘UN Youth National Conference Best Delegate 2016’.
Student Highlights 2015
- Emma Hamilton, Venetia Rigoni and Nathan Swincer were awarded Gold Medals by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for excellence in the 2015 SACE Chemistry exams.
- In the study of modern languages Lucy Lu (Stage 2 Chinese), Lilly Deluca (Stage 1 Italian) and Gillian Hagenus (Stage 1 French) each received an Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement presented by the SA School of Languages.
- Lilly Deluca’s outstanding academic performance in Stage 1 Italian also secured the Casa d’Abruzzo Molise Club Inc Medal and Josephine Ocampo (Stage 2 Japanese) received The Award of Excellence.
- Patrick Graham secured top position in the state in the 2015 Australian Geography Competition
- Mathew Wallace and Tharun Rameshbabu were selected as recipients of the ANZAC Premier’s Spirit Award and joined a delegation of SA students to visit the Gallipoli (Gellibolu) Peninsula.
Claire Faulkner and Mateusz Nowak were selected to attend the National Science Forum during January at the Australian National University in Canberra.
- Tiensa Tran, who already holds A.Mus.A. Diplomas in both violin and piano has continued in her third year with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra (AYO) as a violinist.
- Kai Gerbi recently passed AMEB Grade 8 Violin with Honours and is a member of the AYO as 1st Violin.
Student Highlights 2014
- The five students who secured a Merit for Chemistry were also each awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for excellence in the 2014 SACE exam.
- Chrispha Christy won both the State and National National History Challenge Award for the category of Australia’s Heritage.
- Razi Hmam, Khajiho Tokunaga, Matt Mai and Adam Stone each secured a High Distinction in the 2014 Australian Geography Competition.
- Phoebe Smith was selected to attend the 2014 United Nations Youth National Conference,
- Kate Walsh, Maddy Hosking and Kyle Dolan represented Australia as Global Scholars at the GYLC conference held in Washington DC and New York City.
- Jeffrey Thomson was enrolled in the Headstart Program (“Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture”) delivered by the University of Adelaide.
- Accomplished string players Annika Grenfell (cello) and Tiensa Tran (violin) are members of the prestigious Adelaide Youth Orchestra along with Kai Gerbi whose talents as a violinist have gained him a position with the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia.
Student Highlights 2013
- Students from USC secured 20% of the Gold Medals awarded across the state by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for excellence in the 2013 SACE Chemistry exams. Medals were awarded to Sam Bost, Andrew Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Victoria Langton, Sean Liew and Kaiying Wang
- Michael Kavooris was awarded the James Gartrell Prize for Classical Studies by the University of Adelaide for achieving the top mark in the state in 2013.
- Chrispha Christy won the State Award in the National History Challenge for the category of Australia’s Heritage. Chrispha’s essay on Ned Kelly was declared the best submission in a very impressive field of contenders.
- Six students, Frank Xu (Top 10 in SA), Sean Liew (High Distinction), Hanzi Jing (Distinction), Tony Gao (Credit), Lee Dongju (Credit) and Aileen Zhen (Credit) secured outstanding results in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) SA Schools Mathematics Competition.
- Three students, Joshua Ahn (Biology and Chemistry), Zoe Brown (History) and Ned Prosser (Japanese) were involved with the Headstart Program delivered by the University of Adelaide.
- Wenqi Zhang was a member of a team involved in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The team won the Rookie All Stars Award in Hawaii and were invited to compete in the finals in St Louis in June.
- Zoe Brown was selected to attend the 2013 United Nations Youth National Conference, which was held in Sydney.
- Sarah Bagster (Distinction), Khaj Tokunaga (Distinction), and Natalie Cameron (Credit) distinguished themselves at the highest level in the 2013 Australian Geography Competition.
- Zoe Brown and Catherine Douglas-Hill competed in EVATT SA (H.V.Evatt was a former President of the UN General Assembly). This is South Australia’s round of Australia’s largest schools diplomacy competition that operates under the banner of UN Youth Australia.
Student Highlights 2012
- Joshua Ahn was awarded the Way Medal for Chemistry as the top SACE student in South Australia.
- Students from USC secured 20% of the Gold Medals awarded by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for excellence in the 2012 SACE Chemistry exams. Joshua Ahn, Julia Conway, Roland Deek, Nathan Nguyen, Holly Morley and Anastassia Silaeva
- Zoe Laura Brown received The Award of Excellence in French, the highest accolade presented by the School of Languages.
- USC fielded 6 of the 33 teams competing Australian National Chemical Analysis Competition State Finals. Less than 1.65% qualified for the National Final and two USC teams faced a challenging final round. Lana Tran, Anastasia Silaeva, Sarah Heidenreich, Tony Pham and Faizah Kafrawi each secured a silver medal while Ken Ye, with an error of 0.000% secured a ranking amongst the top few competitors in Australia and was awarded a gold medal.
- Alex Westin attended the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) held in Canberra during January 2012. From the pool of 700 students who attended the NYSF Alex was one of three selected to attend the International Science Summer School for five weeks at the renowned Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, during July 2012.
- Baden Gilbert secured the distinction of being the top placed student in South Australia in the 2012 National Geographic Channel, Australian Geography Competition.
- Amelia Barrow was a member of the Young Adelaide Voices choir that travelled to the USA midyear.
- ‘Bewildered by the literature’ was the title of the short story written by Zachary Sheridan that won him the ‘Youth Category’ in the Love2Write Short Story Competition arranged by the Unley Libraries.
Student Highlights 2011
- John Connell, May Huynh, John Makestas, Tam Nguyen and Charlotte Pascoe-Purvis were each awarded a prestigious University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship.
- Shayan Afshar was awarded the Santos Scholarship for Petroleum Engineering
- Charlotte Pascoe-Purvis also secured a University of Adelaide Principal’s Scholarship.
- Students from USC secured 10% of the Gold Medals awarded by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for excellence in the 2011 SACE Chemistry exams. John Connell, May Huynh, Aswin Joy, Charlotte Pascoe-Purvis and Tam Nguyen each received a medallion.
- Hayden Lihou was awarded the Eckersley Encouragement Award for his work displayed at the SACE Art Show staged at the Education Building, Flinders Street.
- Anastassia Silaeva was selected to attend the National Space Camp held at the Victorian Space and Science Education Centre in Melbourne.
- Alex Westin was selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra during January 2012.
- Two students from USC were selected to represent USC at the Global Young Leaders Conference in 2011. The selection process is highly competitive and the organising committee seeks outstanding candidates from around the world who demonstrate leadership potential. Tatjana Pohl attended the Washington and New York Conference in the USA during July and Charlotte Pascoe-Purvis attended the Vienna, Budapest and Prague Conference at the same time. The theme for delegates in the USA was resolving conflicts of opinion in a United Nations style forum, while the European conference focussed on Human Rights and Diplomacy.
- Year 11 Economics students were involved in the national ASX stock-market game. Reim Mesghinna, Kaila Wilkes and Georgia Dornin formed a team and secured 6th position in the state which placed them in the top 100 nationally.