Kenmore State High’s Rachel Hauenschild Hailed as Top Year 12 Graduate in Queensland

Photo credit: Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority

For Rachel Hauenschild of Kenmore State High School, this academic year has certainly been a banner year.

For her outstanding academic achievements, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) named her as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achiever Award, during recognition ceremonies honouring the top-performing senior school students.

Photo credit: Facebook/Rachel Hauenschild

As one of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Award winners, Rachel shared her story, plans, and career goals in a QCAA interview following the announcement of winners.

When asked about how she balances her studies with other activities, she said that her secret is to “Be selective and then plan your time effectively to fit everything in.”

Rachel also proves the importance of having a supportive family and strong self-motivation.

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“I’m inspired by my parents, who have always motivated me and supported me throughout my schooling. I’m motivated by my desire to achieve the best results that I possibly can,” Rachel said.

She also shared that “…the best piece of advice that I’ve received about school is to always pursue subjects that you’re interested in because it will be more enjoyable and it will work out well in the end.”

Things have certainly worked out well for Kenmore State High School’s Outstanding Graduate, who has been accepted in the Bachelor of Mathematics program at the University of Queensland this year.

“I’ve always had a passion for maths, so I decided that I wanted to pursue this at university,” Rachel said.

Photo credit: Facebook/Grace Grace MP

Education Minister Grace Grace lauded the 2017 Year 12 cohort of Kenmore State High School as the largest ever to graduate statewide. From approximately 53,000 Queensland students who completed Year 12, 32 students have been recognised for achieving the highest academic marks. Considering the number of last year’s graduates, Ms Grace said that the QCE Achievement award winners should be very proud of their achievements.

Rachel, being 2017’s overall Outstanding Academic Achiever, received a certificate, trophy, and $5000 prize money.

“She achieved exceptionally highly in all her school subjects, the Queensland Core Skills Test, tertiary entrance ranking, and in two university subjects and will pursue her passion for mathematics at The University of Queensland where she has a scholarship,” Ms Grace said.

“I look forward to hearing Rachel’s name associated with many more achievements in the future,” she added.

Other Awardees

The QCAA hosted the QCE Awards at the State Library in South Bank, where 32 students from 20 state and non-state schools received prizes in six categories.

Category Awardee/s School
Outstanding Academic Achiever Rachel Hauenschild Kenmore State High School
Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student Lucinda Colbert Forest Lake State High School
Highest Result on the Queensland Core Skills Test Stuart Moss Brisbane Grammar School
Highest Achievement by an International Student Cheng Zhang Brisbane Grammar School
Highest Achievement in the International Baccalaureate Thomas Wu Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology
Distinguished Academic Achievers Louis Backstrom Brisbane Grammar School
Aditya Chilukuri Brisbane State High School
Esther Cho Helensvale State High School
Patrick Cummins St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
Rupert Dwyer St Peters Lutheran College
James Dyer Anglican Church Grammar School
Jade Eldridge Mueller College
Jasmine Elliott Toolooa State High School
Joshua Grice Brisbane Grammar School
Daniel Harness Brisbane Grammar School
Liam Harris All Saints Anglican School
Rachel Hauenschild Kenmore State High School
Jina Hong Somerset College
Phillip Huynh Brisbane State High School
Kenton Lam Varsity College
Saki Maehashi Brisbane State High School
Yan Messoussa Brisbane State High School
Kelly Park Somerset College
Joshua Pelach Smithfield State High School
William Price Townsville Grammar School
Connor Ryan St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
Patrick Sharkey St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
Ryan Taylor St Laurence’s College
Sophie Tomassen Varsity College
Ruby Turner St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School
Callum Waite St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
Lilia Walsh Trinity Anglican School
Daniel Walton Hillbrook Anglican School

For information on the awards criteria and prizes, click here.

The QCE Achievement Awards are sponsored by The University of Queensland, Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, and University of Southern Queensland.