WHAT A FEELING: Excited about their ATAR results, Alstonville graduates (from left) Jayden Partridge, 18, Emily Entwistle, 17, and Alex Whitehead received scores in the high 90s.
WHAT A FEELING: Excited about their ATAR results, Alstonville graduates (from left) Jayden Partridge, 18, Emily Entwistle, 17, and Alex Whitehead received scores in the high 90s. Cathy Adams

Elation as HSC students find out ATAR scores

WITH the release of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks to graduating students across the region yesterday, there was much celebration in the air.

Alstonville High School graduates Alex Whitehead, Lachlan Smith, Emily Entwistle and Jayden Partridge were cheering, after finding out they had scored some amazing ATARs.

Alex walked away with a 98.55, Lachlan a 98.3, Emily a 97.6, and Jayden a 97.45.

ATAR: What do you do if you bombed?

Jayden also came second in the state for Design and Technology.

All said they were very surprised at their results.

"I was only expecting about mid-80s, so this is a bit of a shock," Jayden said.

Alex said he would join the Australian Defence Force Academy in January, and study international and political studies, while Emily said she was planning to study business and IT at the Queensland University of Technology.

Jayden said he was hoping to study mechanical engineering, having already received offers of early acceptance to the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University.

It was also a great year for St John's College Woodlawn, which had 14 students receive ATARs of 90 or above.

The school also had what may be the highest received ATAR on the Northern Rivers, as Genevieve Maladay hit a 99.4.

Genevieve said she was feeling "really excellent" but surprised over her result.

Woodlawn's Georgia Sullivan also achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.15, and Daniel Sironen a 98.9.

Over at Xavier Catholic College it was revealed that 20 of the graduating students have achieved ATARs of 90 or above.

Abby Mitchell topped the class with 97.4, with Jasmine Drayton following closely with a 97.15.

Byron Bay High School were pleased to report that graduates Catherine Bowler and Amber Barton had achieved 98.05 and 97.55 respectively.

Trinity Catholic College reported their highest ATAR as 97.9 received by Edie Bush, while St Mary's Catholic College Casino congratulated Matthew Parrett on his 96.5.

But what if your ATAR bombed?

MANY youngsters may feel at the moment that a number is defining them. However UAC information services director Kim Paino said there were a few things they needed to remember:

If your ATAR is not what you'd hoped, don't lose heart. Make sure you have more than one preference.

If your ATAR is well below your expectations, don't despair: you can think about studying at TAFE or a private college.

If your ATAR is more than expected, think carefully about what you want to do next year.

Remember that you may be eligible for bonus points for some courses and at some institutions.

Have your final list of preferences locked in with UAC by midnight, January 4.



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