3 April 2013
Marcus Beach 18-year-old Chelsea Wallis will be honoured with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s highest award for a graduating student, the Chancellor’s Medal, on Friday 5 April.
Chelsea also will officially receive her USC Bachelor of Business at the University’s first Graduation Ceremony for 2013.
The ceremony will be held before a crowd of 1,600 people at the USC Sports Stadium at Sippy Downs on Friday morning (ceremony starts at 11am).
The Chancellor’s Medal recognises a graduate’s outstanding achievements in academic performance and contribution to University life and/or the community.
Chelsea started her USC studies at age 15 after jumping two levels to graduate high school early. She has a genius IQ score of 165.
After finishing at USC last year, she has started her first semester of a Master of International Economics and Finance at the University of Queensland.
“I’m living at St Lucia but I’m coming home most weekends to my family and the Coast,” she said.
Chelsea said the USC Chancellor’s Medal would be an enormous honour.
“It recognises not only my academic endeavour throughout my studies but the fact I’ve tried to contribute to uni as much as I can through extracurricular and leadership activities,” she said.
“I’m very proud to have been on the USC Student Liaison Committee and worked as a peer adviser, which was a great employment experience and enabled me to help other students.”
She said USC had a great impact on her life and future career.
“It was the perfect environment for me to begin my uni life and I’m so lucky to have received the support from lecturing staff and teachers,” she said.
“The high standard of teaching at USC was an absolute standout for me.”
Chelsea aims to continue postgraduate studies with a goal of attending Oxford University.
“Then I’d be thrilled to work at an international level in diplomacy, law or an economic advisory role,” she said. “I’m also very interested in public policy.”
At Friday’s Graduation Ceremony, Chelsea also will receive a University Medal which recognises academic excellence.
Chelsea, whose degree included a minor in International Business, achieved a final grade point average of more than 6.8 out of 7.
— Julie Schomberg