State-toppers: Reynard Tan (left) and Isaac Jones, of Hurlstone Agricultural High School, at the Locomotive Workshop at Australian Technology Park Eveleigh where they were awarded their First in State certificates. Picture: Geoff JonesIt’s a fiercely fought battle of the minds, a test of knowledge and mental strength; the Higher School Certificate is New South Wales’ final high school examination, and shines a light on the best and brightest young minds in the state.
Yesterday, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented 105 students with First in Course certificates, congratulating the NSW students that topped the state in their courses.
Macarthur was represented in this prestigious group by three students — Hurlstone Agricultural High School’s Reynard Ezekiel Tan and Isaac James Jones, and Mount Carmel Catholic High School student Stephanie Penales.
The three students respectively achieved the highest marks in Agriculture, Primary Industries Examination and the hotly contested Ancient History.
‘‘I’m glad all the work throughout the year paid off,’’ Ms Penales told the Advertiser.
‘‘It doesn’t always feel like it will [pay off] at the time.’’
Ms Penales studied Pompeii and Herculaneum and Ancient Egypt in her Ancient History class, her favourite topic being a profile of Akhenaten, and hopes to major in ancient history or archaeology at the University of Sydney.
Reynard, 17, has a keen interest in Agriculture and studied a lot of past papers to achieve his state-topping result.
‘‘When I walked out of the exam, I had a pretty good feeling about it,’’ he said.
‘‘I plan to do a bio-technology degree at university, hopefully at UTS [the University of Technology Sydney].’’
Reynard’s classmate and friend Mr Jones, 18, didn’t feel as confident following his Primary Industries exam, and was excited to learn he’d achieved the highest result.
‘‘The girl that topped the state last year was from Hurlstone as well, and we were taught by the same teacher,’’ he said.
‘‘Throughout the year he said I was on the same level as her, so I was hopeful I might get First in Course.’’
Aside from being classmates and friends, Reynard and Mr Jones were also both members of the Hurlstone Christian Fellowship.
Mr Jonessaid: ‘‘I had a good time at school, I loved my school and I feel lucky to have gone there — there are a lot of people that are not that lucky.’’
Students who sat their HSC this year will receive their results today.
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