Local student places first in HSC course
A LOCAL student's hard work has paid off after it was announced she placed first in the state for the HSC course Indonesian Beginners.
Coffs Harbour Christian Community Student Isabelle Ferguson was congratulated by Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday.
Ms Ferguson was presented with a Certificate of Excellence along with over 100 other students who had also placed first in a course.
The 17-year-old attributed her success not only to long hours of studying, but to a genuine passion for learning Indonesian.
"Our school is connected to another school in Bali, and I've been on two mission trips there so far.
"I made a few friends there and I really want to go back again, so learning Indonesian is really helpful for me," she said.
She also added that the first thing she thought when hearing she came first was how proud her teacher would be.
Ms Ferguson's achievement is made even more impressive considering a significant amount of fellow first-placing students are from some of Sydney's most esteemed selective schools.
HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE - ACHIEVERS LIST
BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE
COFFS HARBOUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Van Ceu Lian
COFFS HARBOUR HIGH SCHOOL
COFFS HARBOUR SENIOR COLLEGE
ORARA HIGH SCHOOL
ST JOHN PAUL COLLEGE
WOOLGOOLGA HIGH SCHOOL