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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Talented teens achieve notable ATAR results

Josie Witherdin has proven she is a remarkable young woman.

The now former Year 12 St Joseph’s Catholic College Lochinvar student has just received an ATAR of 99.3%.

Named in the Top 20 in NSW for Advanced Maths and listed on the NSW Distinguished Merit List as an All Round Achiever, Josie also received a Band 6 in all of her courses.

In what was a big year for all teens completing their high school studies through COVID-19, the talented student also dealt with the death of her dad earlier in the year.

“I went quite well in my trials, but my results today were better than I expected,” she said.

Josie was notified this morning (Friday 18 December) that The University of New South Wales had offered her a AAA scholarship to study a Bachelor of Art and International Studies, her first preference.

In 2021, she plans to take a gap year to work and do some domestic travel.

Reflecting on her studies, Josie said she was glad she’d opted to stay at St Joseph’s College in Lochinvar where she’d begun her high school education, despite it being suggested she complete Year 11 and 12 in Maitland.

“Many of my teachers I’ve had since Year 7 and they’ve been a great support to me throughout the year with my studies, yes, but also to help me personally when my father passed,” she said.

For Max Moser Finch, receiving an ATAR result of 98.8% made the study worth the effort.

The St Francis Xavier College Hamilton student said he was looking forward to a well-earned rest.

“I am pretty happy, it was a tough a year, but all the hard work paid off,” he said.

Enjoying a celebratory breakfast on Darby Street this morning, Max said he hoped to study Actuary at Macquarie University in Sydney in the future.

“I’m excited, but a little nervous, about the prospect of moving to Sydney,” he said.

“It will be great to make new friends.”

Prior to studying at SFX Max attended Holy Family in Merewether and St Pius X High School in Adamstown.

Max credits his teachers, particularly his English teacher, Mrs Millen and Physics teacher, Mr Wilkinson, with his results.

All Saints College, Maitland 2020 HSC student Michelle Cornelia.

All Saints College, Maitland student Michelle Cornelia said she was still processing the news of her 98.8% ATAR score.

“The results are still sinking in,” she said.

“I was adamant to study as hard as I could throughout the year, so I was quite stressed.

“I thought I did okay in the exams but my results today were far better than I expected.”

Michelle has accepted an early offer to study Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle next year.