THREE of the state's top-performing Higher School Certificate (HSC) students are from the Central West, with first placings in three subjects.
About 75,000 students received their HSC results at 6am on Tuesday, with the ATAR results to be release at 1pm the same day.
Dubbo School of Distance Education student Jacinta Smith, who was also enrolled at Orange High, topped the state in German Beginners.
Canowindra High School Jamie Austin was first in the metals and engineering examination.
While Western Institute of TAFE, Bathurst Campus student, Gemma Garner, was the equal leading student in Human Services examination. Gemma is enrolled at Blayney High.
Forbes High School student Sophie Cowan was declared an all-rounder because she scored a top band result in 10 or more units.
Other top achieving students:
- Canowindra High - Jamie Austin - 1st in metals and engineering
- Dubbo School of Distance Education - Jacinta Smith - 1st in German beginners
- Dubbo School of Distance Education - Saskia Dorsman - 2nd in German beginners. (Saskia is enrolled at Denison College Bathurst High Campus)
- Dubbo School of Distance Education - Miya Chesterman - 3rd in German beginners. (Miya is enrolled at Springwood High)
- Western Institute of TAFE Bathurst Campus - Martin Rudgley - 2nd in electrotechnology.
- Western Institute of TAFE Bathurst Campus - Gemma Garner - 1st in human services examination. (Gemma is enrolled at Blayney High)
Also, 24 Western NSW public schools had students who earned a top band to make them a distinguished achiever.
Ranging from some of the smallest to the largest secondary schools, they were:
- Blayney High
- Broken Hill High
- Canobolas Rural Technology High
- Canowindra High
- Coomealla High
- Coonabarabran High
- Cowra High
- Denison College Bathurst High Campus
- Denison College Kelso High Campus
- Dubbo College Senior Campus
- Dubbo School of Distance Education
- Forbes High
- Gilgandra High
- Kandos High
- Lithgow High
- Molong Central
- Mudgee High
- Nyngan High
- Orange High
- Parkes High
- The Henry Lawson High School
- Ungarie Central
- Willyama High
- Young High
Department of Education Executive Director Dean White praised students featured on achievement lists by NESA (NSW Educational Standards Authority, which administers the HSC).
"We are hearing great stories of achievement from our public schools across the Western NSW," he said.
"There are some exceptional results.
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"We are very proud that schools have educated and supported students who have ranked among the best in the state and nurtured every student so they could work towards conquering there on personal goals.
"Our public schools have played an important role in helping students understand that any individual can have diverse goals so success will take many different forms.
"That's why today we congratulate those who have ranked with the state's best and everyone who has fulfilled what they need to take the next step into the future."
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