CONGRATULATIONS: Dalby Christian College awarded the Dux award to Samantha McCullough. Picture: Sam Turner
CONGRATULATIONS: Dalby Christian College awarded the Dux award to Samantha McCullough. Picture: Sam Turner

Dalby girl awarded dux after stellar academic year

LEARNING every science discipline from home would be a daunting task for any student, but one Dalby girl rallied, and she has now been congratulated.

Dalby Christian College student Samantha McCullough was rewarded for her stellar efforts in 2020, with the Dux award at the school’s awards assembly on December 4.

Her humbleness was on display after she accepted the huge honour, and confessed this year did have its difficulties.

“It was a challenging year definitely, I had to do all of the sciences remotely (chemistry, physics and biology),” she said.

“That was pretty hard to do from home without that much teacher support.

“It was hard, but I managed to survive.”

Students across Australia began the hard slog at home following the enforcement of restrictions due to the rise of coronavirus globally.

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Online learning became the norm for part of the year, before students returned to their classrooms thanks to a decline in active cases in Queensland.

For Samantha, one of the only good aspects of COVID-19 was the reprieves given to students for assignments, which was a great help for her in her final year.

“That helped so much with workloads,” she said.

“I’m so grateful that happened because otherwise it would’ve been so hard.”

Now freshly graduated, Samantha is looking to venture out into the world of optometry, finding inspiration from her own circumstances.

“I have terrible eyes myself, and having my contact lenses has helped me see,” she said.

“It’s amazing to see clearly after everything’s been fuzzy for so long.

“I’m excited to get started.”