Year in - year out, Coonabarabran High School achieves strong Higher School Certificate (HSC) results and 2016 is no exception, with 11 local students earning a place on the Distinguished Achievers list.
These students shared in a total of 19 Band 6 results, securing marks above 90 per cent across eight individual subjects.
“The Coonabarabran High School community is again immensely proud of their Year 12 students,” said deputy principal, Mary Doolan.
“The outstanding HSC results attest to their dedication and are a just reward for their efforts.”
Dux of the school, Gina Elton, topped the list of local students, receiving a Band 6 for Biology, English (Advanced), Legal Studies and PD/H/ PE.
With an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95.5, Gina is well on her way to studying medicine.
Her twin brother, Gus, also received impressive results and is hoping to pursue engineering at university.
Design and Technology
Six out of eight students from Bethany Doyle’s Design and Technology class gained marks over 90 per cent.
Their major design projects, which were showcased to the community on 1 September, built a strong platform for their final success in the course.
A number of classes achieved marks above the state mean including Design and Technology, Legal Studies, Modern History, History Extension, Engineering Studies, Metal and Engineering, Advanced English, Chemistry, PD/H/PE and Agriculture.
In Mark Heaney’s Metal and Engineering class, Mitchell Fosdick ranked in the top 10 students in the state, while Nicholas Young secured a spot in the top 60.
Ms Doolan said it was also pleasing to see numerous students, who clearly worked very hard in the lead up to the examinations, gain marks way above their expectations.
“No doubt the holiday revision workshops conducted by staff strongly supported this positive outcome,” she said.
Several students have already received offers of early entry to a number of universities including the University of New England, University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, Wollongong University and Southern Cross University.
“Others have secured employment,” Ms Doolan said.
“Our best wishes go with them as they navigate this next chapter in their lives.”
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, congratulated local students on their HSC results.
“Students should feel very proud of their achievements,” Mr Humphries said.
“The HSC is a rigorous and demanding credential with a world- class reputation that prepares our students for life beyond school.
“I wish all students the very best in their future endeavours, whether they are planning to head to university, vocational education or to join the workforce.”
• Olivia Colantonio - Earth and Environmental Science, Engineering Studies, English (Advanced)
• Sally Deshon - Design and Technology
• Melanie Dow - Design and Technology
• Alexandra Eastburn - Design and Technology
• Gus Elton - Engineering Studies
• Gina Elton - Biology, English (Advanced), Legal Studies, PD/H/PE
• Emily King - Design and Technology
• Richard Knight - Engineering Studies
• Annie Nash - Design and Technology, English (Advanced)
• James Pearson - Design and Technology
• Aimee Sanders - English (Advanced), Legal Studies, Modern History
Coonabarabran High School Design and Technology teacher, Bethany Doyle (far left), pictured congratulating some of the school’s successful Year 12 graduates after HSC results were released on Thursday, 15 December.