BRIGHT young minds have made their mark on the reputation of local schools, achieving some excellent Higher School Certificate results for the Port Macquarie region.
Student were either dragging themselves out of bed at an unfathomable hour this morning, or sleeping-in to avoid the inevitable. But by now, most of the 73,000 students should know exactly how they faired in their end of year examinations.
Local results have been nothing short of astounding, with Hastings schools praising the efforts of their top performers.
Westport High congratulated Elena Wewer, who is dux of the school, on her wonderful HSC results for 2012. Her grades in mathematics, geography and business studies were particularly impressive.
Excellent results were also achieved by Amy Wewer, Fiona Howard, Karina Bellamy and Jarred Bourke from Wesport.
At Port Macquarie High the school attained a staggering 42 band 6s and 118 band 5s.
A significant number of students from MacKillop Senior College also achieved impressive results across the board, both in practical and theory-based subjects.
Students of particular note were HSC all-rounders Madison Cutmore, Kirsten Gan, Lara Nest and Dominica Roebuck.
And HSC top achievers Brittany Fletcher, Kirsten Gan, Jessica Genders and Mitchell Hickson.
Practical standouts were Samson Ossedryver, for ArtExpress; Cailey Campbell, for OnStage; Brittany Fletcher and Claire Johnson for DesignTECH; Kristopher Eames, Keegan Glavurdic, Andrew Moon, Jason Taylor, Samuel Monaghan and Mitchell Lumby for InTech.
And Nicole Goggin, who was nominated for an exemplary work. Her name will appear on the Encore Program on the List of Merit.
Two young men from St Joseph's Regional College proved their mathematics prowess. Andrew Newbound and Zac Murphy of St Joseph's Regional College achieved 99 out of 100 in the Extension 1 Mathematics Course.
At St Columba two girls, Monique Kroon and Kirra Gregson achieved four Band 6s.
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Schools remind graduates achieving a Higher School Certificate is an achievement in itself.