CAREER MOVES: Recent Year 12 graduates Nik Green and Patrick Lynch are waiting for their OP scores.
CAREER MOVES: Recent Year 12 graduates Nik Green and Patrick Lynch are waiting for their OP scores. Warren Lynam

Nervous wait: lads hang out for OP scores

ONE little number will change the lives of thousands of Sunshine Coast school leavers this weekend.

Year 12 graduates are eagerly awaiting the release of Overall Position - or OP - scores from this Saturday.

When the students have walked the graduation stage and the party is over, it is the OP scores that will determine university program offers.

Matthew Flinders Anglican College 2014 dux Patrick Lynch admitted he was "pretty chill" when it comes to the waiting game for his results.

He is hoping for a top score of 1 for his acceptance to study medicine at the University of Queensland.

"I'm not too stressed about it, I think I will be fine," Patrick said.

"I'll be checking online with everyone else on Saturday, I can't wait, but I'm pretty casual about it all."

As well as being named dux, Patrick received the Caltex Best All Rounder Award. It was a busy year for the academic scholarship holder who also plays ruby and was a member of the Wind Symphony and Stage Band playing the saxophone.

How important are OP scores?

This poll ended on 27 February 2015.

Current Results

Very, they set up your future career path

33%

It's outdated, students should be marked on their merits not a system

42%

Who cares, you don't need an OP to succeed in a career

23%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Flinders Year 12 graduate Nik Green is taking a gap year to transfer his lifeguard skills to Californian beaches before returning, hopefully to study engineering or physiotherapy.

As a champion lifesaver, Nik travelled to Montpellier, France, to compete in the Australian youth team in the World Life Saving Championships in September and collected 10 medals. Through friendships formed in France, Nik will travel to Malibu in the US to perform lifeguard duties to allow him to earn money and travel the States.

"My friend offered for a few of us guys from the Australian team to come over and stay in his guesthouse and do some life guarding in the summer season," Nik said.

"The beaches will be a bit different, I think. It's a lot flatter over there."

Aside from his achievements on the beach, Nik was also a high achiever at school playing water polo, rugby and swimming, as well as playing saxophone in the Stage Band and Wind Symphony.

"It's been a big year for me," Nik said.

"It's definitely sunk in that school's over, but right now it still feels like holidays.

"I'm pretty nervous for Saturday. I'm looking for an OP 2 for physio and OP 6 for engineering."

OP results will be posted online on the QTAC website from 9am Saturday.


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