IT WAS the best of the best at Rooty Hill High School's annual excellence assembly on Friday when 155 students were recognised for outstanding academic, sporting and extra-curricular achievements in 2012, the school's 50th year.
Dux Carmen Lee will study biomolecular science at the University of NSW, and captain Ryan Romero took out the student representative council's inaugural student of the year award.
It was Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery's 15th consecutive appearance at the assembly.
Principal Christine Cawsey said last year's HSC class performed well with a record number of band fives (80-89 per cent).
The school also recorded its best maths results in recent years, including two band sixes (more than 90 per cent).
"Twenty-five students have accepted first round university offers," Ms Cawsey said. "It's around the same number as 2011 but what we're pleased about is the diversity of courses they've been accepted into. Students have shown more aspiration with some rigorous courses chosen."
Another highlight was hosting a Motor Trades Association program in December.
Of the 25 HSC students from Rooty Hill, Loyola Senior High and other local schools who attended, most were offered traineeships.
"We have two former students working for Mercedes Benz," Ms Cawsey said.
"We were thrilled with the program and hope to have the Motor Trades Association back this year."
This will be another big year for Rooty Hill with students off to China to visit sister schools.