IT'S not the marks the St John the Evangelist students got in the HSC that makes them impressive - it’s their future plans.
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Sure the 2018 year 12 students did well academically but it’s the career paths they will follow that makes them all impressive.
From doctors, social workers to teachers - this crop of teenagers will achieve many great things.
Meanwhile, hugs, laughter and best wishes flowed as they gathered for one last time on Friday at what is now their former school.
Samantha Vella was happy to be around her friends on Friday and help celebrate their achievements.
Samantha’s ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) was 88.1 and she got Band 6’s in drama and society/culture - both had major works.
“I was ecstatic and I was screaming out to my parents, my hands were shaking and I could not wipe the smile off my face,” Samantha said.
Samantha, the night before the results came out, was not too nervous as she had already got early university entry and wants to become a social worker.
“I am very much a people person and I think I can make a big difference in an individual's life,” she said.
She wants to work in the hospital system.
Samantha did put some pressure on herself as she wanted to do well.
Sophia Jackson was another student happy with her results and her ATAR score was a brilliant 88.95.
Sophia also got a Band 6 in advanced mathematics.
The star mathematics student said when it came to studying she was pretty consistent.
“I crammed a bit but in general I was consistent throughout the year,” Sophia said.
Sophia said perhaps there was ‘a greater push on it (the HSC) than necessary’ but said there was not much a student could do about it.
She wants to study engineering and physics.
Sophia has simple but good advice for future HSC students to follow.
“Keep organised and this very important thing,” Sophia said.
Isabella Pakes glowed after getting an ATAR of 96.85.
“It was higher than I thought it would be and I was wishing for low 90s,” Isabella said with a laugh.
“I was kind of shocked and was thinking ‘was this actually mine’?”
She even took a second look at the results and wanted to make sure her eyes were not playing tricks on her.
Isabella got four Band 6s in mathematics advanced, chemistry, biology and advanced English.
“I did work really hard,” she said.
Isabella had a goal and she was determined to reach it.
She now wants to study medicine ‘at any university that will accept me’.
“My advice to other students is to set a goal and put in the amount of work necessary to reach it,” she said.
“Aim for as high as you can but only put as much pressure on yourself as you need to do.”
Robert Allotta was happy with his 73.8 which will help him achieve his goal of becoming a teacher.
Robert said he was excited he achieved his goal.
The pressure to do well was not a factor for Robert.
“The pressure of the HSC helped push me to do the best I could,” he said.
“I think it’s a really good test on what we have been doing for the last 13 years.”
Robert said he had a consistent study program and he worked hard.
If he was to offer the next crop of HSC students some advice it would to be organised and know what you are meant to be doing.
He added it was also important to have bit of fun as well.
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