If Andrew McClenahan could have been in two places, today was the day.
The Gilroy Catholic College student was named dux of his school today, but attended an award ceremony in Redfern instead – for coming first in the state in a Higher School Certificate course.
“I only found yesterday I was dux, whereas I found out about this [first in course] Friday,” he said.
Mr McClenahan, 18, of Baulkham Hills placed first in the state in Studies of Religion 1, tying with four others.
“Apparently that’s never happened before,” he said.
He was one of nine Parramatta-Holroyd area and four Hills area students to come first in their Higher School Certificate course this year.
Shelley She was a two-time winner. The former James Ruse Agricultural High School student topped Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2.
They were among 120 students recognised at a ceremony by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli at Australian Technology Park, Redfern, today.
“There is something about celebrating the achievements of young people that generates collective pride,” Mr Piccoli said.
“Seeing you today I feel you will make a difference in our country and our world.”
To be first in course students needed to have come first in an HSC course and for their result to be in the top band.
The 2012 HSC merit lists are now available at http://boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc-results/hsc-merit-lists.html
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