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Posted on 11 April 2018

Congratulations Sean Riksen (class of 2017) who has been accepted into one of the world’s leading universities, The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). He will commence in August 2018 with a view to study either Cognitive Science or Mathematical Economics at UPenn’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Receiving an offer from this leading Ivy League university is an incredible accomplishment.  Ranked tenth in the world by The World University Rankings, UPenn’s 2018 entry was highly competitive, with only 8.4 per cent of the nearly 44,500 applicants receiving an offer. 

Sean said that he applied to overseas colleges for a world-class education, the thrill of living somewhere new, access to an international network and the opportunity to learn from world-renown professors.

During his time at Churchie, Sean was an active participant in swimming, track and field and water polo. He was one of 23 students to receive an OP 1 in 2017, and he received a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Sean was also elected House Vice-Captain of Service and fulfilled his role with enthusiasm, participating in a range of service activities such as the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp, Red Shield Appeal, MacGregor State School Special Education Programme, Narbethong State Special School, The Pyjama Foundation and Operation Smile Australia.

Sean said, ‘Coming out of Year 9, I was not an A student,’ but, with determination and strong mentorship throughout his school years, he has not only achieved success at Churchie but now opened doors overseas.
Ever since he began Senior School at Churchie, Sean has wanted to be a paediatric surgeon, choosing UPenn for its affiliation with one of America’s leading paediatric hospitals, the Perelman School of Medicine.

‘I am also very passionate about forming a universal standard of healthcare which will require a comprehensive understanding of economics and the law.’

Sean is a passionate, service-minded young man who shows dedication in his studies and commitments. We congratulate him on his successful application and wish him luck with his Ivy League study experience.