Keely Gordon-King (left), from Alstonville High School, and Kira Zelandonii, from Nimbin Central School, celebrate success in their HSC examinations. Keely made it on to the State’s HSC All Rounders List of 1209 students, while Kira was one of 235 Northern River students named on the Distinguished Achiever’s List.
Keely Gordon-King (left), from Alstonville High School, and Kira Zelandonii, from Nimbin Central School, celebrate success in their HSC examinations. Keely made it on to the State’s HSC All Rounders List of 1209 students, while Kira was one of 235 Northern River students named on the Distinguished Achiever’s List. Cathy Adams

Students on HSC high

ALSTONVILLE High’s Keely Gordon-King was one of six Northern Rivers students named in the State’s HSC All Rounders List of 1209 students. She scored Band 6 (over 90) in at least 10 units to qualify.

From 6am yesterday, some students were out of bed to check their HSC results online. Others slept in until their parents coaxed them up because they wanted to know what was in store for the future of their sons or daughters. Keely Gordon-King’s mother didn’t need to worry.

“I was trying not to expect anything, but then I looked online and called my friends,” Keely said.

Nimbin’s Kira Zelandonii hadn’t even looked at her results yesterday afternoon. As one of the State’s 15,782 Distinguished Achievers, she received Band 6 in modern history. While she seemed in no hurry to see her results she didn’t expect any ‘big shocks’.

“I’m enjoying the opportunity to do nothing,” she said.

Kira plans to find a job and work out what she wants to do next year, while Keely has applied for a Bachelor of Law at Queensland University.

Keely will need her Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), formerly the University Index Admission (UAI), to be at least 96 to get into the course.

More than 52,000 students in NSW will receive their ATAR results today and ATAR notices will arrive in the mail from tomorrow. Forty-eight students across the State received the top ATAR of 99.95.

The 2009, All Rounders – HSC students who achieved band 6 in 10 units – included Justin Abi-Daher, Michael Hagarty and Alana Rafter, all from Trinity Catholic College, Lismore; Keely Gordon-King, Alstonville High School; Clare Douglas, from Xavier Catholic College, Ballina; and Thomas Evans, from St John’s College, Woodlawn.

Also, 235 students from the Northern Rivers are on the 2009 HSC Distinguished Achiever’s List from these schools; Byron Bay, Alstonville, Xavier Catholic College, Trinity Catholic College, Cape Byron Steiner, Mullumbimby, Lismore, Nimbin Central, St John’s College, Maclean, Richmond River, Shearwater Steiner, Kadina, Kyogle, Dorrigo, Summerland Christian College, Evans River K-12, Evans Community School and Woodenbong.

Trinity Catholic College had the most students on the list, with 52 of its Year 12 students scoring more than 90 in at least one subject.

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