Byron Bay High School students Nell Pearson (left) and Jordan Leser were all smiles yesterday after learning they each received
Byron Bay High School students Nell Pearson (left) and Jordan Leser were all smiles yesterday after learning they each received

Pair draw on friendship for visual proof of HSC success

By Emma O'Neill and Kim Cousins

THE key to achieving HSC success is tapping into something that's stronger than coffee and more reliable than the sticky tab of a post-it note.

The key element is friendship and it's a theory that's hard to deny after Byron Bay High School students and best friends Jordan Leser and Nell Pearson both received a score of 99 for visual art.

Nell couldn't believe they both received the same score, but was delighted they had.

"We've been through this entire (HSC) thing together, so it was great that we both received that mark," she said.

Both girls achieved impressive results for every subject. Jordan Leser received over 90 in every subject but didn't expect to see so many nines.

"I was a bit worried during my exams, so I was really surprised to get such a good result," she said.

Both girls relied on their friendship to get through the year.

Jordan recalled many 3am phone calls and 5am coffees shared by the pair.

The girl's art teacher, Glenda Hubbard, was delighted with her HSC art class and the girls' double '99' score result.

"I've been teaching for a long time and this is definitely the best result of any students in my career," she said.

For the delighted teacher it was great to see such high marks coming from art, as students aiming for high UAIs usually steered clear of the subject.

As for Nell and Jordan, the pair will head to Paris together next year for a well-earned break before starting uni.



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