AFTER receiving an ATAR of 98.15, local student Parth Gulati would like to say a big thank you to all the teachers who have helped him over the years, especially the teachers at Merewether High.
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He said that he has nothing but admiration for his teachers who had to adapt to new teaching conditions during the Covid crisis and simultaneously instil confidence in their students.
He is also particularly grateful for the help which he received from Tea Gardens residents, especially Ronnie and Warwick Nichols who supported and advised him over the last two years. In spite of the daily commute to Merewether High, Parth was able to maintain his academic level and achieve good results.
Parth’s father said that his resilience and hard work over the last year paid off and now he has big decisions to make.
Parth has been invited to study medicine at three universities: Charles Sturt University in Orange, University of Queensland and Monash University, Melbourne.
He has also been invited to study Optometry at The University of New South Wales.
Parth said that he was truly inspired to be a doctor after he made a field trip to Vanuatu.
He said that he saw the disparity between rural and urban health care and he observed and assisted a local doctor with general duties.
He sees the whole experience as a turning point in his life.
Parth is also an ardent soccer player and he played in local soccer teams until year 10.
His last team was The White Pointers.
In 2018 he won The Chris Rigby Award as the soccer player of the year and in 2018 he won a best and fairest award.
He also loves debating and in year 11 he participated in debating competitions.
Parth is from a thoroughly medical family and his parents and relatives are all overjoyed that he has been accepted into medicine.
His grandparents on both sides of his family practice medicine in India and his parents practice dentistry in Tea Gardens.
Parth said that his grandparents truly rejoiced when they heard about his results.
They laughingly exclaimed that they were crying “tears of joy”.
Parth is passionate about life and his desire to be of use to people.
However, for the moment, he wishes to thank all the people who have guided him through his school years.
He feels particularly privileged to have gone to local schools: Tea Gardens Public School, Medowie Christian School and finally for year 11 and 12, Merewether High School.
His years of hard work have paid off and he is truly grateful that his parents brought him to such a caring community as Tea Gardens.
A very big thank you from Parth.