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Posted on 23 February 2018

James Dyer, 2017 Dux of the school and third generation Churchie Old Boy, takes a top academic honour in the QCAA 2017 Distinguished Academic Achiever Awards.

Twenty-eight students across the state were celebrated in this category at the fourth annual prestigious QCE Achievement Awards ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on Saturday 17 February 2018.

The annual QCE Awards recognise and reward Queensland’s highest-performing Year 12 students for outstanding academic achievement in their senior school studies.

Recently, James has advanced to finalist standing in the USA National Merit Scholarship Programme. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools applied for this scholarship. James then entered an esteemed nationwide pool of 16,000 semi-finalists, representing less than one per cent of USA high school seniors, which includes the highest scoring entrants for each state.

As a finalist, he has now joined an elite group of 7500 Merit Scholars ‘by demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishment’ (National Merit Scholarship Corporation). This is an incredible achievement. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in March 2018.