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Smartest in the region
Elke and Harding Trinkle with over achieving daughter, Stephanie, who achieved a 99.70 ATAR this year
at Faith Lutheran College, Tanunda.
By Liz Alderslade
Aspiring radiologist, Stephanie Trinkle from
Tanunda, is well on the way to achieving her
dreams after topping the region with her high
ATAR of 99.70.
Graduating from Faith Lutheran College,
Tanunda, last year, she received two merits
in Physics and Research Project.
Her subjects completed include Mathematical
Methods, English Literacy Studies, Japanese,
Physics and Research Project. She also did
Year 12 Chemistry when she was in Year 11,
and did Year 12 German in Year 10.
Stephanie already blitzed her plan to reach
a high ATAR of 99 to be able to be accepted
into a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
(Medical Imaging) at UniSA.
She is still shocked by the end result,
Stephanie said she never thought she would
receive the top marks in the region.
“It was a bit unexpected. I was looking at
my grades, I was thinking “oh, I don’t know”,
then I looked at my ATAR and thought “oh
“Then I got a call from my principal, he told
me I got Dux. Then finding out I was best in
the region, I wasn’t expecting that. It’s a bit
weird. When you get your results, you haven’t
been doing anything for a while.
“Initially I wanted to do medicine, mainly
dentistry, but I didn’t score well in the UMAT.
I was doing a physics assignment on CT scans
and MRI’s, and I thought this was really
interesting. I thought why not medical imaging.
I liked that it had a high ATAR, it gave me
something to strive for. I sort of liked that
challenge. So, I thought why not?”
Stephanie not only received a high ATAR
but also received awards at her college Year
12 achievement’s Valedictory Service.
She received the Barker Shield for Academic
Achievement, as well as subject awards in
Literacy Studies, Japanese, Physics and
Stephanie’s main aim for the year was to not
get stressed, since she knew it would be easy to
get overwhelmed. She avoided procrastinating
and kept on top of all of her class work.
Although, she found in Term 3 and during
exam periods, that she couldn’t help but get
stressed during the intense time.
Stephanie was grateful for having supportive
teachers who were willing to help her when
she was stuck and put in extra effort to speak
In her spare time, Stephanie was
volunteering at her church, Kwasizabantu
Mission Australia, and performing clarinet
in their orchestra.
Stephanie found the time practising
refreshing. She always thought if she could
finish studying, then she would be able to play
She enjoyed playing with other people since
it gave her the drive to play better and practise
During her last year at high school,
Stephanie was also working at her parent’s
business, Tanunda Bakery, every Saturday for
a break from school work.
Stephanie, already fluent in German due to
her family heritage, worked with her parents,
Elke and Harding Trinkle, who couldn’t be
more proud of their daughter’s achievements.
“Elke said, “It was overwhelming. I didn’t
expect that. We knew what she does, she always
puts her whole heart in. We encouraged her
to put her all in, but we didn’t expect the best
in the region.”
Stephanie will be going straight to university
after the holidays since she has a four-year
course ahead of her with a possibility of doing
a Masters of Medical Sonography.
“I am excited because I think medical
imaging is something I will really enjoy. It
combines the medical and scientific and physics
aspect,” said Stephanie.
The Tanunda young gun will be making the
most of her remaining holidays.
Plans to accelerate improvements
at the Tanunda Recreation Park
have divided Barossa’s elected
members with two divisions being
called at the December meeting.
With a second motion being put
forward by Councillor Michael
Lange, second by Councillor
Richard Miller, and endorsed by
Councillors Chris Harms, Dave
de Vries, Richard Miller, Mark
Grossman, Michael Lange and
Michael Seager it now means works
will accelerate, subject to funding,
although the Tanunda Football
Club has committed $98,000 to the
This includes extending the oval,
upgrading electrical and lighting
and improving the show hall.
Budget adjustments will now be
made with Council accepting the
risk commencing implementation
of components of the wider
community recreational and
sporting infrastructure could
impact the ability to achieve greater
economic and community benefit
and therefore supporting argument
for matching grant and third party
At the November Council
meeting, elected members endorsed
the phasing and cost estimate for
the Tanunda Recreation Park with
Cr. Miller calling for these three
projects to be accelerated ahead
of the remaining six other major
projects for the park.
Progressing projects at Tanunda
Recreation Park will now delay
the remaining components of The
Big Project with a funding and
lobbying strategy now expected to
be completed by July.
Investigating the acceleration
of the Tanunda Recration Park
project in itself and presenting the
documentation to the December
meeting, meant according to a
Council report, that the outcome
of community consultation for
Nuriootpa Centennial Park and
Coulthard Reserve Master Plan
was not achieved for the December
It has also delayed phasing and
project cost assessment for the
Angas Recreation Park Master Plan,
development of The Big Project
financial model development in
addition to progressing the Talunga
Park Master Plan and the Murray
Recreation Park Master Plan.
Working groups have been
formed for the show hall and
lighting upgrades with updates
being provided to Council.
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