Former St Stephen’s Catholic College student, William Snell was one of 29 top-performing students from across the state to receive a Distinguished Academic Achiever Award at a special ceremony in Brisbane on 20 February.
The College Dux of 2015 and OP 1 recipient was part of an elite group of 37 young people from 27 different State, Catholic and Independent schools who received recognition at the annual Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards for outstanding academic achievement in senior school studies in 2015.
Of the 600 students who received an OP 1, an A on the Queensland Core Skills Test and completed 20 or more semesters of authority subjects at a Very High Achievement standard, 29 were selected for a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award. Not only was William one of these outstanding students, but he also won the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to pursue his dream of studying aeronautical engineering at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, and was the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation for receiving Very High Achievement on all six of his senior subjects.
William shared this prestigious award with only two other students from North Queensland, also from Catholic schools in the Cairns Diocese, Rohan Olufson from St Augustine’s College and Laura-Jane Jurss-Lewis from St Andrew’s College.
Principal of St Stephen’s Catholic College, Mrs Ida Pinese, who attended the ceremony with William’s parents, congratulated William on his outstanding achievement which she said, “was a well-deserved accolade for this brilliant, inspiring, yet unpretentious young man. The entire St Stephen’s community is proud of William and wish him the very best in the next phase of his educational journey.”