REGIONAL GALLERY: First in HSC course recipients

Proud as punch.
Proud as punch.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented 121 First in Course Awards in 112 courses at a presentation at Sydney Technology Park on December 17, 2013.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented 121 First in Course Awards in 112 courses at a presentation at Sydney Technology Park on December 17, 2013.

HSC First in Course Award recipients at the presentation ceremony at Sydney Technology Park, Redfern, on December 17, 2013.

HSC First in Course Award recipients at the presentation ceremony at Sydney Technology Park, Redfern, on December 17, 2013.

HSC First in Course recipients at Sydney Technology Park on December 17, 2013.

HSC First in Course recipients at Sydney Technology Park on December 17, 2013.

Dana Song from James Ruse Agricultural High was awarded First in Course in Agriculture.

Dana Song from James Ruse Agricultural High was awarded First in Course in Agriculture.

Grace White and Jayden O'Brien of Penrith High with Morgan Gray of Penrith Anglican College (Orchard Hills) received First in Course in Studies in Religion 1 (equal first), Business Studies and Food Technology, respectively.

Grace White and Jayden O'Brien of Penrith High with Morgan Gray of Penrith Anglican College (Orchard Hills) received First in Course in Studies in Religion 1 (equal first), Business Studies and Food Technology, respectively.

Grace, Jayden and Morgan with their awards.

Grace, Jayden and Morgan with their awards.

Morgan Gray from Penrith Anglican College with her First in Course Award.

Morgan Gray from Penrith Anglican College with her First in Course Award.

 Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented certificates of recognition to 121 students in 112 courses at Redfern on December 17, 2013..

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented certificates of recognition to 121 students in 112 courses at Redfern on December 17, 2013..

Three students received a First in Course Award for more than one course at the ceremony in Redfern on December 17, 2013.

Three students received a First in Course Award for more than one course at the ceremony in Redfern on December 17, 2013.

Dana Song from James Ruse Agricultural High accepts her award for placing first in agriculture from NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli at Australian Technology Park, Redfern, on December 17, 2013.

Dana Song from James Ruse Agricultural High accepts her award for placing first in agriculture from NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli at Australian Technology Park, Redfern, on December 17, 2013.

Fatma Abumustafa's father accepts two awards on her behalf from Mr Piccoli. They are for Arabic continuers and Arabic extension. Fatma completed the course at the Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta and was one of only three students this year to receive a First in Course Award for more than one course.

Fatma Abumustafa's father accepts two awards on her behalf from Mr Piccoli. They are for Arabic continuers and Arabic extension. Fatma completed the course at the Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta and was one of only three students this year to receive a First in Course Award for more than one course.

Mr Piccoli bestwos Sing-Young Chen of James Ruse Agricultural High School with the First in Course Award for biology.

Mr Piccoli bestwos Sing-Young Chen of James Ruse Agricultural High School with the First in Course Award for biology.

Jayden O'Brien from Claremont Meadows accepts his First in Course Award for Business Studeis from Mr Piccoli.

Jayden O'Brien from Claremont Meadows accepts his First in Course Award for Business Studeis from Mr Piccoli.

Georgina Kidd of Greystanes High School accepts a First in Course Award for community and family studies from Mr Piccoli. She was one 10 students in the Parramatta area to receive a First in Course Award this year.

Georgina Kidd of Greystanes High School accepts a First in Course Award for community and family studies from Mr Piccoli. She was one 10 students in the Parramatta area to receive a First in Course Award this year.

Hermina Liscevic accepts her First in Course Award for Croation continuers from Mr Piccoli. She completed her course at the Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta.

Hermina Liscevic accepts her First in Course Award for Croation continuers from Mr Piccoli. She completed her course at the Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta.

Josh Murray accepts his First in Course Award in electrotechnology examination from Mr Piccoli. He completed his course through the Western Sydney Institute - Mt Druitt College. In 2013, a total of 23,946 students enrolled in at least one vocational education and training course.

Josh Murray accepts his First in Course Award in electrotechnology examination from Mr Piccoli. He completed his course through the Western Sydney Institute - Mt Druitt College. In 2013, a total of 23,946 students enrolled in at least one vocational education and training course.

Ma Thrizza Mae Lopez from St Marys Senior High accepts her First in Course Award in Filipino Continuers from Mr Piccoli. This year 83 of the 121 First in Course Award recipients were women and 38 were men.

Ma Thrizza Mae Lopez from St Marys Senior High accepts her First in Course Award in Filipino Continuers from Mr Piccoli. This year 83 of the 121 First in Course Award recipients were women and 38 were men.

Yongxin Feng accepts her First in Course Award in financial services examination from Mr Piccoli. She completed her course at the South Western Sydney Institute - Granville Campus.

Yongxin Feng accepts her First in Course Award in financial services examination from Mr Piccoli. She completed her course at the South Western Sydney Institute - Granville Campus.

Morgan Gray from Penrith Anglican College accepts her First in Course Award in food technology from Mr Piccoli. The Silverdale resident said she hopes to study forensics at the University of Technology Sydney.

Morgan Gray from Penrith Anglican College accepts her First in Course Award in food technology from Mr Piccoli. The Silverdale resident said she hopes to study forensics at the University of Technology Sydney.

Upasna Singh accepts her First in Course Award in Hindi continuers from Mr Piccoli. She completed her course through the Saturday School of Community Languages/The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills. In 2913, 6071 students were enrolled in at least one HSC language course.

Upasna Singh accepts her First in Course Award in Hindi continuers from Mr Piccoli. She completed her course through the Saturday School of Community Languages/The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills. In 2913, 6071 students were enrolled in at least one HSC language course.

Alan Zehong Ngo of Muirfield High School in North Rocks accepts his First in Course Award in information technology examination from Mr Piccoli.

Alan Zehong Ngo of Muirfield High School in North Rocks accepts his First in Course Award in information technology examination from Mr Piccoli.

 Radman Le Zhang from James Ruse Agricultural High accepts her First in Course Award in mathematics from Mr Piccoli. There were 54,584 students enrolled in at least one Board of Studies-developed course from the Mathematics Key Learning Area this year.

Radman Le Zhang from James Ruse Agricultural High accepts her First in Course Award in mathematics from Mr Piccoli. There were 54,584 students enrolled in at least one Board of Studies-developed course from the Mathematics Key Learning Area this year.

Rouein Momen accepts his First in Course Award in Persian background speakers from Mr Piccoli. He completed his course through the Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta.

Rouein Momen accepts his First in Course Award in Persian background speakers from Mr Piccoli. He completed his course through the Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta.

Grace White of Penrith High accepts her First in Course Award in studies of religion 1 (euqal first) from Mr Piccoli. The Mount Riverview resident has secured a scholarship to study Bachelor of Arts and Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University.

Grace White of Penrith High accepts her First in Course Award in studies of religion 1 (euqal first) from Mr Piccoli. The Mount Riverview resident has secured a scholarship to study Bachelor of Arts and Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University.

As it happens, First in Course Award recipients Grace White and Jayden O'Brien — both from Penrith High — are dating.

As it happens, First in Course Award recipients Grace White and Jayden O'Brien — both from Penrith High — are dating.

 NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said: "To claim the First in Course spot is a great honour for these students and they, their teachers and their families should be very proud."

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said: "To claim the First in Course spot is a great honour for these students and they, their teachers and their families should be very proud."

Dana Song with her First in Course Award. The Beaumont Hills resident is only in year 11 this year.

Dana Song with her First in Course Award. The Beaumont Hills resident is only in year 11 this year.

Dana Song.

Dana Song.

In 2013, a total of 75,168 students were enrolled in at least one HSC course. Of those, 36,714 (49%) were male and 38,454 (51%) were female.

In 2013, a total of 75,168 students were enrolled in at least one HSC course. Of those, 36,714 (49%) were male and 38,454 (51%) were female.

 NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said: "the First in Course Awards acknowledge the highest achieving student in each HSC course, where the result is in the highest possible band for that course."

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said: "the First in Course Awards acknowledge the highest achieving student in each HSC course, where the result is in the highest possible band for that course."

This year's HSC First in Course Award presentation was held at Sydney Technology Park in Redfern on December 17, 2013. Only 12 of the 121 recipients lived in regions outside of Sydney.

This year's HSC First in Course Award presentation was held at Sydney Technology Park in Redfern on December 17, 2013. Only 12 of the 121 recipients lived in regions outside of Sydney.

Twenty-three students from the western Sydney region were among 121 students recognised for coming first in their HSC courseat a ceremony at Australian Technology Park, Redfern, yesterday.

Fairfax Media captured the ceremony in pictures.

A break-down of our recipients follows:

BLACKTOWN AREA:

■ Saturday School of Community Languages at The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills: Upasna Singh (Hindi continuers).

Click here to read about Upasna Singh.

HILLS AREA:

■ Baulkham Hills High School: Ruben Tung Robertson (physics);

■ James Ruse Agricultural High School in Carlingford: Dana Song (agriculture), Sing-Young Chen (biology) and Radman Le Zhang (mathematics);

■ Muirfield High School in North Rocks: Alan Zehong Ngo (information technology examination); and

■ The King’s School in North Parramatta: Brett He (equal first in music 2).

Click here to read Dana Song's story.

PENRITH / ST MARYS AREA:

■ Penrith Anglican College in Orchard Hills: Morgan Gray (food technology);

■ Penrith High School: Jayden Anthony O’Brien (business studies) and Grace Elizabeth White (equal first in studies of religion 1);

■ St Marys Senior High School: Ma Thrizza Mae Lopez (Filipino continuers); and

■ Western Sydney Institute - Mt Druitt College: Josh Michael Murray (electrotechnology examination).

Click here to read Jayden O'Brien and Grace White's story.

PARRAMATTA AREA:

■ Greystanes High School: Georgina Kidd (community and family studies);

■ James Ruse Agricultural High School in Carlingford: Dana Song (agriculture), Sing-Young Chen (biology) and Radman Le Zhang (mathematics);

■ Parramatta High School: Hyun Lee (Indonesian beginners);

■ Saturday School of Community Languages/Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta: Fatma Abumustafa (Arabic continuers, and Arabic extension), Hermina Liscevic (Croatian continuers) and Rouein Momen (Persian background speakers);

■ South Western Sydney Institute - Granville Campus: Yongxin Feng (financial services examination); and

■ The King’s School in North Parramatta: Brett He (equal first in music 2).

Click here to read Dana Song's story.

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