Top marks go to local students

HIGH achievers in Liverpool were overwhelmed by their Higher School Certificate results with several students topping courses and achieving first place in the state.

Four students from Amity College in Prestons scored an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) over 99, with Javeria Jamal raising the bar at 99.85.

The 17-year-old was one of the top-100 high achievers in the state and scored the highest mark in the school's history.

Miss Jamal said the key to her success was consistently studying a little bit each day.

"I worked consistently every day because I knew the HSC would be hard and challenging," she said.

"I was putting in a lot of effort to keep up with the workload. It was essential to study as much as I did.

"I knew that I had a chance, but there was also a chance that I could get a low score."

She will go on to study medicine and hopes to become a doctor.

Another student from Amity College, Gizem Kilic, 16, was first in the state in Turkish Continuers.

Miss Kilic who is in year 12 now, studied the course a year in advance.

Miss Kilic said she felt passionate about her culture and wanted to keep her traditional language alive.

"I felt honoured to come first in the state, it's a big privilege for me," she said.

"Everyone around me came from a Turkish background, so I was expecting to get a good mark, but I wasn't expecting to come first," she said.

Alessandra Bianco from Freeman Catholic College also came first in Society and Culture and Studies of Religion I.

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