Spurred on by healthy competition amongst siblings, former St Lawrence’s student, Sebastian Iannuzzi, has achieved a perfect score of 45 in the International Baccalaureate, an alternative to the traditional Higher School Certificate.
The son of Dr Aniello Iannuzzi and Dr Eve Tsironis, Sebastian was one of 94 students worldwide, and 32 in Australia, who achieved the highest marks possible via the International Baccalaureate program this year.
The Newington College graduate’s results have also earnt him an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95, meaning he has the choice of almost any university degree on offer.
“When I received my results, I was obviously excited, but also a little shocked,” Sebastian said.
“That being said, I knew that I had done well in my final exams, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect.”
Studying six subjects - English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, geography and Italian, Sebastian admits Italian was his most enjoyable area of study.
A team effort
“Having seen Alexander and Theodore work extremely hard in high school, I was spurred on to do so myself,” he said.
“Also, we aren’t afraid to ask each other for help when it was needed - in these ways, the competition between us is definitely healthy and beneficial.
“Although we are all largely independent workers, I think we see each other as a team in many respects and like to see each other achieve, so we are willing to help each other without worrying about who will end up achieving higher results.
“Theodore and Alexander provided me with help in certain subjects in Year 11 and 12 - I hope I can do the same for Christopher.”
With the world at his feet, Sebastian has been offered a place in the Double Degree Medicine program at the University of Sydney.
“I am going to study advanced sciences for my undergraduate component of the course, but it is looking increasingly likely that I will become a doctor.
“However, I also have many other areas of interest which I still want to explore, such as languages, engineering, and football.”
Despite his success, Sebastian said he was thankful for his schooling at St Lawrence’s Primary School in Coonabarabran, which had provided him with a good academic foundation.
“I found that the environment was highly nurturing, in that it was able to accommodate everyone’s individual needs.
“For me, it meant doing higher level maths and science, for others it might have meant having more one on one time with the teacher.
“I feel that those earlier years of education are the most important ones and I believe St Lawrence’s played an important part in my academic journey.
“I also still remember the school motto ‘Ad Alta Virtute’ (strive for the highest), and I hope to continue to strive for the highest in my university studies.”
Sebastian Iannuzzi plans to pursue medicine, following in the footsteps of his parents and older brothers.