HARD-WORKER: Isabelle Ferguson receives praise from Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.
HARD-WORKER: Isabelle Ferguson receives praise from Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. Anna Warr

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
William Booth
Susan Brown
Tristan Buchanan
Montanna Coulson
William Ensbey
Danielle Frost
Lewis Gentle
Emily Girard
Stephanie Grey
Gracie Hemer
Dominic Jones
Justin Kelley
Maxwell Kornhauser
Meg Koster
Jarrah Mosco-Klipin
Ranul Narangoda
Nina Peck
Nishadi Rajapakse
Thulsi Ranaweera
Isobel Rose
Finn Rothacker
Brooke Simpson
Ella-Louise Wooldridge
Jem Yumru

COFFS HARBOUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Jordan Burke
Chloe Enevoldson
Nick Fairall
Isabelle Ferguson
Juda Leet
Van Ceu Lian
Christopher Peterson
Adam Pickup

COFFS HARBOUR HIGH SCHOOL
William Collier
Kalarni English
Laura Guise
Madison Prendergast
Skye Rattenbury
Ella Smith
Darcy Turner

COFFS HARBOUR SENIOR COLLEGE
Harpreet Bagga
Delores Barcala
Lachlan Barrell
Casey Beattie
Noah Bennett
Eduardo Bianchino
Eliza Campbell
Meghan Ciscato
Holly Clarke
Miranda Drew
Emily Fergusson
Jaimie Forsyth
Grace Foster
Sarah Graham-Higgs
Isabel Horspool
Asha Khamis
Brenton Knight
Kieran Lopes
Jasper Lopez
Kelera Marsden
Lochlan Paix
Adie Renwick
Lauren Richardson
Hannah Sawyer
Adam Shand
Jennah Turner

ORARA HIGH SCHOOL
Anna Fry
Charmaine Shilling
Gurpreet Singh

ST JOHN PAUL COLLEGE
Madeleine Attwood
Simran Atwal
Isabel Banson
Samara Barnes
Remy Bordignon
Giuliana Carniato
Patrick Collins
Brooke Conroy
Abbey Cummins
Ben Fayle
Christian Foggiato
Louis Giffin
Michaela Greisel
Sarah Hickson
Alice Hiscox
Mikayla Hutchinson
Grace James
Thomas Jeffery
Elizabeth Laurie
Sophie Lemin
Sandra Lin
Vayda Maher
Jack Maunder
Sophia McConnachie
Brady Mealey
Noni O'Dea
Toby Olabarriaga
Jock Price
April Sheather
Tita Siviour
Jack Stevens
Peytn Stokes-Marshall
Georgia Tumminello
Laura Winkler
Laura Wratten

WOOLGOOLGA HIGH SCHOOL
Emma Cahill
Bronte Donohoe
Emily King
Kelsey McDonald
Bianca McNeill
Tarun Mills-Izard
Jorja Murphy
Alisha Phoonie
Zoe Schmidt
Jackson Wolfe



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