Nisangi Wijesinghe was the Territory's top student for 2017, leading 1430 other Year 12 students with an ATAR of 99.80 and certificates of merit in four subjects.
Nisangi credits her top mark to her ability to maintain a healthy mindset during her final year of study.
I try to stay calm and not get stressed – staying in control is important, I made sure that I looked after myself, getting enough sleep and nutrition to make sure I could wake up ready for each day, and that I could be the best I could be.
Photo credit NT News 2017 NTCET Feature
Nisangi had realistic expectations of the challenges of Year 12 and found the most challenging part was to maintain motivation and avoid procrastination.
Its no surprise that you need to spend a lot of time studying and doing assignments through year. My advice is look after yourself, put your health first, and no matter what, keep going! A healthy body is necessary to have a really positive and productive mindset, and it helped me approach everything with a creative mentality.
Darwin High School graduate Nisangi Wijesinghe claimed an impressive array of awards in her final year of study, including:
- Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Student of 2017
- Charles Darwin University Top Ten Australian Tertiary Admission Rank Award
- Australian Veterinary Association (NT Division) Dennis Thomson Memorial Science Award.
- Chemistry Merit Award
- English Literary Studies Merit Award
- Mathematical Methods Merit Award
- Physics Merit Award
- CSG Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Final Year of Study
- Judith Wright English Award
My favourite times at DHS was when I had the opportunity to spend time with friends, at recess, lunch, musics, performing together, on trips like the C4E trip to Newcastle in year 10 and even just even discussing physics concepts or doing and experiments together I enjoyed physics through year 11 and 12 because it was challenging and fun - and everyday you understand a bit more about how the world works -its fascinating. Music, especially ensemble performance, never really felt like a class. It was just a time to have fun and make music with other people. Nisangi Wijesinghe
Nisangi will begin studying medicine at Monash University this year.