Obtaining first place in a Higher School Certificate course is a mighty achievement in itself. What about if you do it a year early?
That was the case for Amity College, Prestons student Manal Khan who placed equal first in this year's Mathematics Advanced HSC subject.
The year 11 student is in the HSC class of 2021 but took the opportunity to do accelerated Maths in Year 11 because she was ready.
She still has a lot on plate next year, studying biology, chemistry, PDHPE, Maths extension one and two.
She wants to get into medicine after school and continue her passion for science.
Manal was one of 118 students who were presented with 126 first in course certificates on Thursday. Fellow Amity College student Esma Mermi came first in Turkish Continuers.
In total, Liverpool had seven students place first in their HSC course in 2020.
Good Samaritan Catholic College student Nathan Galindo came equal first in Human Services Examination and Thomas Hassall Anglican College student Sarah Moynan topped Entertainment Industry Examination.
"I did well in Entertainment this year by staying orgnaised and asking lots of questions. This year has been really tough for a lot of people and I know I wouldn't have been able to get through the HSC without support from my friends, family and teachers," Sarah said.
Liverpool students excelled in the language courses with first placings in:
- Khmer Continuers: Sievling Pov (Saturday School of Community Languages Liverpool Girls HS Centre).
- Polish Continuers: Veronica Serafin (Saturday School of Community Languages Liverpool Girls HS Centre).
- Serbian Continuers: Veljko Petkovic (Saturday School of Community Languages Liverpool Girls HS Centre).
"2020 was full of challenges but through collaboration with peers and teachers I was able to perform well on my HSC," Veronica said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said students studying the HSC this year have endured one of the most challenging years in a generation.
"In a normal year finishing first in an HSC course is an outstanding achievement, and to do so in a year like 2020, is a credit to the dedication and talent of the students being recognised today," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Congratulations to the exceptional young people who achieved top marks this year, I am sure your teachers, family and friends are incredibly proud of you."
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell described the class of 2020 as an "inspiring cohort of students".
"The First in Course award recognises student's intellect, perseverance and a passion for learning that will hold them in good stead for the future," Ms Mitchell said.
"Thank you to the experienced and dedicated NSW teachers who, along with family and friends have supported and encouraged these young people to achieve at the top of their class in a year like no other."
More than 69,000 students completed their HSC this year. Another 7500 students studied one or more HSC courses throughout the school year.
- 2020 HSC students who sat at least one exam will receive their results by SMS, email and online on Friday, December 18 from 6am.