HARD work has paid off for Tayfun Ozdemir who studied at Sule College Prestons Campus.
Tayfun achieved a mark of 99.45 in the Higher School Certificate, making him top at the college in all of his subjects, except English, as well as the dux of his class.
However, he was still surprised to receive such a high score.
"I didn't think I would get the result I did," he said.
Tayfun received a score of band 6 in all five of his subjects — biology, chemistry, physics, maths and English.
He has always performed well at school, but this didn't stop him from putting in the hard yards in year 12, when he studied three to four hours a day.
Tayfun learned of his HSC result when he was on a school trip in Turkey.
"I couldn't celebrate as much as I would have liked," he said, adding that he would have liked to celebrate the news with his family.
Tayfun finds out in a couple of weeks if he is to study medicine at the University of NSW.
"I want to make medicine a large part of my life. It's a way I can help people and contribute to society."
To secure the place Tayfun had to sit a special test in July last year as well as an interview.
If he doesn't get into medicine, he plans to study medical science and transfer to medicine later.
While he waits for the news, Tayfun is enjoying a well-earned break with his family.
Sule College's head principal, Ahmet Yamakoglu, is proud of his school and the students.
"Sule College is once again proud to be in the top schools of NSW with its HSC performance," he said.
"The success of the school's results is reflected in individual achievements," he said. "The highlight is the all-rounder achievement by Tayfun Ozdemir, once again raising the bar for the future students."
Javeria Jamal, also at Sule College, received a score of 100 in mathematics extension 1. She came fifth in the state for this subject. Another student, Leyla Yavuzlar, came fourth in NSW in Turkish continuers.