THE first thing Sara Bolch did yesterday was apologise to her mother.
The 18-year-old achieved an impressive ATAR of 98.6, one of the highest rankings in the region and one of the highest scores achieved by a student from Mortlake P-12 College.
But the priority was to apologise to her mum for being a “nightmare” during her final year of schooling.
“She put up with me and supported me all the way through, so I need to thank her, as well as apologise,” Sara said.
“The teachers at school are fantastic as well. They did absolutely everything they could to prepare us and I’m so thankful for everything they did.”
Sara studied English, history, theatre studies, studio arts and English literature this year, psychology and drama last year.
“I was kind of prepared for the worst, so when the message came through I was thrilled. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
The high ATAR score capped off a big weekend for the keen thespian, who received a state award for her portrayal of Penny in last year’s Holiday Actors production of Hairspray.
Sara said she hoped to study an arts degree in Melbourne next year, with the aim of following a career in the drama field.
“I’ve already had phone calls from Monash and Swinburne offering me scholarships, so it’s all a bit confusing and overwhelming at the moment,” she said.