HSC NERVES: Byron Bay High HSC student Lealah Shostak contemplates her future.
HSC NERVES: Byron Bay High HSC student Lealah Shostak contemplates her future. Sue Gardiner

HSC: The secret is out for 50,000

SUE GARDINER

sue.gardiner@northernstar.com.au

THE nervous wait came to an end for 50,000 students across New South Wales this morning when they received their HSC results via SMS or telephone.

Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs) will be released tomorrow.

Speaking yesterday, Byron Bay High School student Lealah Shostak admitted she was "freaking out" about the results being just hours away and was regretful that she hadn't studied harder.

But despite getting a stress rash during the exams, Lealah says she feels sorry for people who haven't been through it as it was "a modern day rite of passage".

"I've discovered myself so much through the stress and anxiety," the 18-year-old Mullumbimby resident said. "I've grown so much just in this HSC year."

Lealah plans to take a year off to see the world before hopefully undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University or international development at Latrobe with a goal of working in international aid.

"I can actually do something to relieve people's suffering and I want to," she said.

But it's not just the students who were a little on edge yesterday.

Byron Bay High School principal Peter King said there was always a great sense of anticipation among teachers on the eve of the results, but he was very confident his students would do well.

"Our kids are absolutely amazing. This year's Year 12 at Byron Bay High School have been an extremely high-achieving lot," he said.

Byron teachers will digest the results over breakfast together at the school this morning.

The HSC Results Inquiry Centre is a telephone service on 13 11 12 available for students to answer questions about their results or the systems behind determining and processing them.

The NSW government-funded Parent Line is a 24/7 telephone counselling service for parents confronted with a disappointing HSC score, or who need guidance on helping their kids deal with poor results.

Parent Line can be reached 24 hours, seven days a week on 1300 1300 52.



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