Academic Allstars

Lord Byron, a British poet, once said, "A drop of ink may make a million people think.”

For Year 11 student Jacob White, it was Ernest Becker’s thought provoking and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Denial of Death, which represented the culmination of Becker’s life work and explored mortality and the nature of humanity.

Jacob used Becker’s work as the basis for his University of New South Wales (UNSW) International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Writing test, a piece which saw him receive a prestigious UNSW Medal. Only 514 students from across Australia, from more than 980,000 entries, were awarded the honour.

Whilst a voluntary assessment, BBC students participate in ICAS each year. The program is designed to extend students and to provide educators with information as to each student’s progress to help inform their teaching strategies.

Jacob, along with other medal winning students in their final two years of schooling, qualify for a bonus ATAR point which can be used toward an undergraduate degree at the University.

Year 8 student Dario Falcao-Rassokha (pictured above) was also awarded a medal for his outstanding score in the English test, which comprised a range of complex multiple choice questions.

Dario was officially presented with his medal at a special ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 4 December, accompanied by BBC’s Head of Teaching and Learning, Barry Dean.

To read Jacob’s critique of Becker’s work, click here.