TWO local students were among 65 top NSW achievers in the Higher School Certificate.
Bossley Park High School's Michelle Mulet, 18, came first in Spanish extension and St Johns Park High School's Ian Lauv, 17, topped retail services.
Although Michelle is Australian born and bred, Spanish comes very naturally.
"English wasn't my first language when I was a kid because my parents, who are from Argentina, spoke Spanish as they wanted to make sure I was in touch with my culture," she said.
"Learning another language not only is culturally important for me but I think it's a huge advantage for whatever job opportunity I decide to take."
For Ian, his achievement is a stepping stone for his future in business.
"I studied this subject because I hope to establish my own online retail business one day," he said.
"When I found out I came first I thought it was a huge mistake, especially because I'm a student from a humble school in western Sydney that doesn't get much attention."
Ian has already been accepted into bachelor of business and commerce (advanced business leadership) at the University of Western Sydney.
Michelle has also been accepted into a combined degree in law and international studies at the University of Western Sydney.
Both will begin their studies this year.
Early round offers are now available on the Universities Admissions Centre website.
Main round offers will be released on Wednesday, January 16.