Marcus Valastro

Class of 2016

Class of 2016's Marcus Valastro was the top Indigenous student of the year’s NTCET completers. The Darwin High School graduate was immensely proud of his result, which paves the way to university and a career in engineering.

Marcus Valastro

Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Indigenous Student

At the 2016 NT Board of Studies Awards, Marcus was awarded the Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Indigenous Student and the Charles Darwin University Top Indigenous ATAR Award for 2016. 

Pictured below is Marcus receiving his NT Board of Studies Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Indigenous Student Award from the Minister for Education, the Hon. Eva Lawler, MLA.

	Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Indigenous Student

The aspiring footballer, balanced his AFL commitments with his Year 12 studies. His tip for students was to not procrastinate and waste time on unnecessary things.

The most challenging part of Year 12 was trying to balance everything, particularly my sport and studies. I was competing in the Under 18 AFL State National Championship so for about a period of 8 weeks I was traveling interstate every weekend. I often had to study on the plane. Even having to fit in study in the two hours I had spare after school before training was difficult, I had no time for procrastination and I was determined to achieve my end goal.

Past and future studies

Marcus plans to have a working gap year, to save money and to focus on his football. Following his gap year he will attend the University of Sydney in 2018 to study a double degree, a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) and a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Darwin High School helped me to balance my workload and allowed me to take extra time for work if I needed it. They were great when I traveled by rescheduling tests for me or giving me extensions if I needed it due to footy. They, along with all my teachers, also offered me heaps of help when I missed out a few weeks of school due to a broken collarbone that required surgery down south. Overall Darwin High School, along with all its teachers and staff provided a great environment not only to learn in, but to enjoy all aspects of life from extra curricular activities to making life long friendships.

He hopes to inspire other Indigenous students to reach their academic goals.

If you put some effort in it really isn't as bad as you think. Yes you have to put in hours of study and work if you want to achieve really well but if you don't procrastinate and use the time you have effectively, than you will find there is still time for plenty of other things throughout the year.
The most rewarding part of year 12, besides the strong friendships made, was getting reward for effort. There is no better feeling than receiving a grade or score that you worked so hard to achieve. Marcus Valastro

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Marcus Valastro
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