Returning from boarding school in Sydney, local boy Charlie Umbers certainly has more reason than most to be especially satisfied with his HSC results.
Charlie scored the extremely impressive HSC ATAR of 96.95, placing him in the top four percentile in the state.
Hailing from Bogan Gate, Charlie attended Red Bend Catholic College until 2015.
After graduating from Year 10 he decided to make a change and move to Sydney to attend the Sydney Church of England Grammar School.
Charlie now plans to head back to Sydney to further his education.
He will attend The University of Sydney, undertaking a double degree in a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, commencing in early March.
This degree also gives Charlie the opportunity to possibly study Honours, which is something he may be interested in, in the future.
During year 12 Charlie undertook Mathematics, Advanced English, English Extension 1, Music 1, Business Studies, and Economics, with his particular interest in economics the catalyst to him deciding to undertake this degree.
When asked where he would like his degree to take him, he said “I’m not exactly sure where it will lead me, but I am interested in the area of resource and agricultural economics”.
Growing up on a farm in Bogan Gate and using this farming background, Charlie said “I also see myself in the future developing policy for agriculture, and ways of mitigating climate change as well”.
Charlie also completed grade 8 Piano in 2016 whilst in year 11, before deciding that the Music 1 course in Year 12 was enough of a workload, but he does have plans to continue with piano and possibly using his experience to teach piano at some stage.
Charlie will be residing on campus at Sydney University at Wesley College.
He said “I’m very excited by the different opportunities that living in Sydney will provide, and having a different routine to high school. To meet new people and enjoy the university experience”.