Wagga’s year 12 students awoke with mixed emotions this morning: anxiety, dread and even excitement, as they finally received their Higher School Certificate results.
One such student was Alex Williams from Mater Dei Catholic College, who spent a sleepless night anticipating the arrival of her results.
"I was a nervous wreck this morning,” she said. "I was so jittery, my hands were shaking and I only got about two hours sleep. But once I checked the results I just felt pure relief.”
Alex was one of 94 year-12 students from the college who received results on Wednesday and found herself scoring highly within the humanities subjects, with two subjects in band six and three in band five.
"I couldn't be happier with how I've done,” she said. “Especially because it's all I've been thinking about for the last two weeks,” she said.
Despite the stress and pressure of her final year of study, Alex found it to be the most worthwhile, saying her year level became “like a family”.
17-year-old Papa Hunter from The Riverina Anglican College (TRAC) felt the same about his last year of schooling.
"I loved my final year, because you get to work at a higher level and the respect from the teachers and other students is great,” he said.
Like Alex, Papa found himself anxiously awaiting results on Wednesday and was pleased with his overall performance, scoring well in the science subjects, which he hopes will allow him to pursue a medical degree.
"I was so nervous before I checked my results this morning, but I knew I had done everything I could and I'm really happy with how I went,” he said.
TRAC principal Ian Grant was thrilled with the results of his students,saying he was thoroughly impressed with their positive attitude throughout the year.
"This year we had a really positive group of students," he said. “They were a great group of kids, they worked hard and lots of them are well established for their life after high school.”
For the students who were disappointed with their results, Mr Grant emphasised an ATAR score does not define a person’s future.
"A HSC last for 12 months and after that you're judged by a different standard. There's absolutely no problem with students who need to look at alternative paths or get into university, it's not the end of the road, just a different one,” he said.
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