Since graduating from Cornish, Cooper Maher (CC2020) has been incredibly busy. He completed his Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Statistics) in two and half years by taking extra subjects, is currently undertaking an Honours year at RMIT University and plans to complete a PhD after that.

As well as enjoying academic study, he is also a talented athlete and started playing gridiron while in Year 9. He has represented Victoria at State level and is now playing flag football, a ‘touch’ version of gridiron. With the possible recognition of flag football as an Olympic sport in 2028, Cooper’s dream would be to represent Australia.

Cooper greatly valued his time at Cornish. He enjoyed the real sense of community and feels that Cornish provided a strong ‘grounding’ for his future, as he involved himself in a wide variety of educational and recreational experiences. One of his fondest memories was working with a group of students in Design Technology to build a playground. He also appreciated the many cocurricular opportunities available at school, entering school-wide competitions such as the Australian Mathematics competition, which really encouraged his interest in this area.

Another special memory was his involvement in two international tours. One with the Year 9 Make a Difference Experience to Thailand and the other the language trip to Japan. He says that both trips provided him with incredibly valuable experiences that he could not have had without being part of a school group.

His love of travel has continued and he visited Japan for two weeks earlier this year, and the highlight was reconnecting with his host family from his Cornish trip in 2018.

Cooper loves to hear news about Cornish College and he will always feel a part of the Cornish community.