Valley HSC students high achievers
AT THE end of 13 years of schooling, all that Year 12 students had to show for it was a four-digit number and, for some, slightly elevated blood pressure.
The Higher School Certificate (HSC) can be a stressful experience, however, Clarence Valley students managed to overcome this with three students being named in the Department of Education Top Achievers Lists.
Ritchie Tabor, who attended Maclean High School, came third for the State in Business Studies, while classmate Maree Dibella ranked 12th in General Mathematics.
McAuley Catholic College student and school captain James Callaghan was ranked third in the State for Industrial Technology, scoring the perfect mark of 100.
Ritchie was blown away by the State ranking and his ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 96.25.
“I never expected to get what I got. My mark of 97 in Business Studies was also a bit of a shock, but I am stoked,” he said.
“I think it’s really important to keep busy and not get too stressed out by all of the school stuff. I play a bit of cricket and golf which gave me something else to do.”
Ritchie also said he hadn’t got too stressed by the experience, saying he hoped to study a double degree in Commerce/Law at the University of Queensland.
Maree managed to score 98 in her General Mathematics course, which gave her a Sate ranking, however, she also managed an ATAR of 96.00.
“I was hoping I would break into the 90s but 96 was more than I ever expected. Getting onto the top achievers list was brilliant too,” she said.
“During the exam period, I got pretty stressed and even while I was doing them I was thinking to myself: ‘Maree stop. At the end of the day, it is just a number’.”
Academically, Maree urges the class of 2010 to know the syllabus and develop a good work ethic.
“You need to have a bit of down time as well,” she said.
“Year 12 really is a great year. It’s the last time you are with your friends so it is really important to enjoy it.”
Next year Maree hopes to study a double degree of Social Work and Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
James achieved top marks in his Industrial Technology course, as did his two classmates, with all three gaining band 6.
“It was the first year my teacher, Mr Bancroft, had taught the class so it was a really good result,” he said.
James received an ATAR of 89.2 and hopes to study Civil Engineering after taking a gap year.
Other outstanding results were Lauren Priest, of McAuley Catholic College, who received an ATAR of 92, while Grafton High School’s two top students were Alexandra Neil with 92.9 and Alice Lane with 91.8.