Hard work pays off for top achieving local HSC student

Cobar High School’s (CHS) Dux of 2017 Jessica Nicholson has been named among the top achievers in this year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) graduates.

Jessica was on the 2017 Distinguished Achievers List having earned the highest grade possible, a Band 6, in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

CHS acting principal Shane Carter was thrilled that Jessica’s hard work, particularly over the past year, had paid off.

“Jessica has worked tirelessly through the year in her classes and put in a huge number of hours studying at home,” Mr Carter said.

“She accessed her teachers and utilised resources provided by the school, such as the Homework Centre and HSC Hub, to consolidate her understanding.”

In addition to her Band 6, Jessica received Band 5s in all of her other subjects.

“Such results have opened many doors for Jessica’s future,” Mr Carter said.

“Cobar High School is very proud of Jessica and her teachers on the wonderful results.”

Jessica wants to continue her studies and would like to go to Deakin University in Geelong to study a double degree in Business Management and Exercise & Sports Science.

“I won’t know until the middle of January because it’s based on my ATAR [Australian Tertiary Admission Rank].

“I have already been accepted into Armidale and SCU [Southern Cross University] at the Gold Coast and they are my back up plan if I don’t get into Deakin,” Jessica told The Cobar Weekly.

Department of Education Executive Director Geoff Pellizzer has congratulated Jessica and the other 2017 graduates from Western NSW public schools following the release of HSC results last week.

Mr Pellizzer said public schools from across the Western NSW were thrilled with the stories of success they are hearing from their students.

“There are some wonderful results that will open doors and enable the graduates to fulfil their aspirations,” Mr Pellizzer said.

Mr Pellizzer said that not only had students secured strong personal results, but Western NSW public students had ranked among the state’s best achievement rankings published by the NSW Educational Standards Authority NESA), which administers the HSC.

“It is again reassuring that these outstanding results are spread across a wide spectrum of Western NSW public schools – large and small – and across a broad range of subjects,” Mr Pellizzer said.