Student is the one and only

NOT many HSC students can't be assured of topping their class - unless of course they're the only one sitting the exam.

Abid Mansoori, from Alstonville High, is a 'shoe-in' for top marks in the Hindi language exam held on Tuesday, having been the only one at the school to sit it.

“It was very funny sitting in a classroom alone with two examiners,” the young scholar said.

“My friends pretended to feel sorry for me,” he laughed.

It is the first time any student has sat the Hindi exam at Alstonville High, and only 23 sat it statewide.

The gifted 18-year-old, who actually speaks four languages fluently, is hoping to study engineering or business at university next year, but was happy to just keep his focus on the weeks ahead.

“I loved the English exam. It was all about immigration, belonging and identity,” said Abid, whose family is Persian (his first language), though he grew up in India (where he learnt Hindi, English and local dialect Marath) and moved to Australia nine months ago.

“My friends here at Alstonville High have helped me enormously. I have amazing friends. We're all different cultures, but we're one family.” Abid mostly studied alone with help from his mother, Nasrin, a science teacher who hopes to teach in the area when Abid finishes school.



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