Canley Vale High School student Kylie Du thought she failed her Retail Services Examination Higher School Certificate course. Turns out, she came first in the state
"I'm really shocked right now because I actually thought I failed this subject, but I received a phone call which I missed four timed because I was on TikTok and it was congratulating me for coming first and I'm really happy right now because I though I was going to fail, especially during the pandemic," she said.
"But despite that, all you gotta do is study hard because hard work pays off."
Kylie was one of 118 students who were presented with 126 first in course certificates on Thursday.
Fairfield had three students place first in their HSC course in 2020.
Cabramatta High School student Julina Lim topped economics.
"I did this through pure hard work," she said.
"Answering exam questions, reading the news, writing essays on the spot; you name it, I did it. I also had an incredible support network around me who believed in me."
Bossley Park High School student Natasha Sam obtained first place in Business Services Examination.
"Despite the challenges we all faced this year, what really helped me achieve my state rank was the support from my teachers and my family," she said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said students studying the HSC this year have endured one of the most challenging years in a generation.
"In a normal year finishing first in an HSC course is an outstanding achievement, and to do so in a year like 2020, is a credit to the dedication and talent of the students being recognised today," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Congratulations to the exceptional young people who achieved top marks this year, I am sure your teachers, family and friends are incredibly proud of you."
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell described the class of 2020 as an "inspiring cohort of students".
"The First in Course award recognises student's intellect, perseverance and a passion for learning that will hold them in good stead for the future," Ms Mitchell said.
"Thank you to the experienced and dedicated NSW teachers who, along with family and friends have supported and encouraged these young people to achieve at the top of their class in a year like no other."
More than 69,000 students completed their HSC this year. Another 7500 students studied one or more HSC courses throughout the school year.
- 2020 HSC students who sat at least one exam will receive their results by SMS, email and online on Friday, December 18 from 6am.