SHE may have just topped Modern Greek Continuers in the HSC but Claire Fassoulidis plans to study physiotherapy.
‘‘I was surprised by my result because with my family at home we don’t speak Greek,’’ Claire, a former Jamison High School student, said.
Her aptitude for the language will come in handy when she arrives in Greece in a few weeks.
Claire was one of two Penrith students — and 120 statewide — recognised by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli at a ceremony held in their honour at Australian Technology Park, Redfern, yesterday.
The other was Kiera Warda, a former Caroline Chisholm College student. She topped Studies of Religion II.
“There is something about celebrating the achievements of young people that generates collective pride,” Mr Piccoli said.
To be first in course students needed to have come first in an HSC course and for their result to be in the top band.
The 2012 HSC merit lists are at http://boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc-results/hsc-merit-lists.html
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