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Friday, 17th December, 2010

Broken Hill High School’s Distinguished Achievers (back from left) Matt Schmidt, Brodie Nugent and Sam Dougherty, and (front) Patrick Ward and Stephanie McKenzie Broken Hill High School’s Distinguished Achievers (back from left) Matt Schmidt, Brodie Nugent and Sam Dougherty, and (front) Patrick Ward and Stephanie McKenzie

Broken Hill High School students received their final HSC results yesterday amid commendations for their high achievements.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) was released yesterday and followed individual subject scores on Wednesday, confirming that many local students were among the best in the State.

Several BH High School students were also named on the Board of Studies' Distinguished Achievers List of those who scored 90 or more in one or more subjects.

The BHHS dux, Brodie Nugent, with a rank of 98.3, was acknowledged as a Distinguished Achiever in four of her subjects.

Brodie said she had worked really hard to get those results. She plans to take a gap year before going to Flinders University to study a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Special Education)/Disability Studies.

Sam Dougherty, Matt Schmidt, Stephanie McKenzie and Patrick Ward also were named as Distinguished Achievers.

Sam achieved an ATAR of 69.2 and said he hadn't decided what to study at university. "I haven't really decided, maybe an arts course," he said.

Stephanie's rank was 85.75 and she will wait and see what universities she is accepted into before deciding, although she hopes to study physiotherapy.

Matt achieved an ATAR of 96.1 and Patrick's was 94.8. Matt would like to study electrical engineering in either Melbourne or Adelaide.

Patrick said he wanted to study mechatronic engineering at Adelaide University. 

His advice to next year's HSC students was to start studying from the beginning. Stephanie said it was important to balance work and rest.

"If I tried harder I would've overloaded and burnt out ... I did the best I could," she said. Acting Principal Geoff Webb said Broken Hill High School was very proud of all the students' efforts.

"It is a pretty special cohort, one of the best groups we've had in years," he said. Mr Webb also said that this year's students proved that children can do very well with a public education.

"I would like to emphasise the quality of public education in Broken Hill ... you can do well attending a public school, even in Broken Hill," he said.

"All the kids did spectacularly well." Other BHHS students to be named on the Distinguished Achievers list were Zac Gentle, Emma Hodge-Caldow,Claudia Paul, Jess Smith and Zofia Zayons.

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