Students score perfect on diploma exams
The test results are in, and for several Rocky View Schools’ (RVS) students, the results were flawless.
Jay Heule, Bradley Schmaltz, Adham Abousalem and Madison Angle were recognized at the May 3 RVS board meeting in Airdrie for recently achieving a 100 per cent score on diploma exams.
Heule was the first to be recognized by the trustees.
The Cochrane High School Grade 11 student scored 100 per cent on the Chemistry 30 diploma exam and he said completing a diploma prep course, studying hard, and having an excellent teacher helped him achieve the perfect result.
Board Chair Bruce Pettigrew commended Heule on the exam score and asked him what his plans were for after high school.
“I definitely want to go to university and get some more education and hopefully I can find a job that makes me some money and makes me happy,” Heule said.
Heule is an avid skier and artist who is still a couple years away from graduating, so it seems his future is wide-open, said Trustee Sylvia Eggerer.
“I can’t help but look at your bio… and notice you’re athletic, you’re an artist and you’re obviously a freethinker as well,” said Eggerer.
“So I think narrowing down a career is not necessarily going to be an easy thing for you.”
Trustee Colleen Munro presented a plaque to Heule, who was accompanied by his parents, in recognition of his achievement, before telling him: “Do what you love and the money will follow.”
Bradley Schmaltz, a Grade 12 student from Beiseker Community School, was also recognized by the board, and was supported by his mother, father, sister and grandparents, who were in attendance.
Schmaltz said working hard through the school year was enough to prepare him for the Applied Math 30 exam, which he scored 100 per cent on.
Trustee Don Thomas asked Schmaltz if he was confident going into the exam that he could get a perfect score.
“I was pretty confident, I’d done practice diplomas and I got in the high-90s and close to 100 a couple times,” Schmaltz said.
“After the diploma I felt pretty good about it.”
Schmaltz said he has been accepted to start a two-year broadcast systems technology course at SAIT in the fall, and that he hopes to leverage his education to work in sports broadcasting — particularly hockey, one of his many passions.
Trustee Norma Lang presented Schmaltz with a plaque as his grandfather tried to get his attention for a picture.
“You have to find the camera if you’re going to be broadcasting,” joked Eggerer.
Abousalem and Angle were not in attendance.