REGIONAL GALLERY: Blacktown's lone star at first in HSC course ceremony

THIS morning more than 70,000 students accessed their 2013 Higher School Certificate results via the internet, SMS, phone — and even their Play Station and Xbox.

But Upasna Singh had the jump on them.

She was was one of 121 students recognised for coming first in an HSC course at a ceremony at Australian Technology Park, Redfern, yesterday.

Click here to view a photo gallery showing the recipients from across our region captured on the day.

Ms Singh placed first in the HSC course Hindi continuers, which she completed through the Saturday School of Community Languages at The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills.

She was one of 83 women to achieve first in course this year, compared to 38 men.

Board of Studies NSW president Tom Alegounarias said this may because of the high number of language courses offered in this year’s HSC — 62.

‘‘Girls tend to be more interested in studying a language than boys,’’ Mr Alegounarias said.

Carol Taylor, the chief executive of the Board of Studies NSW, welcomed the delegation at yesterday's ceremony, including Education Minister Adrian Piccoli who presented certificates of recognition to students in 112 courses.

According to the Board of Studies’ website, the acknowledgement of ‘‘First in Course’’ refers to students who come first in an HSC course, provided their result is also in the top band.

The 2013 HSC merit lists will also be released this week, including:

■ Top achievers in course: students who are in the top places in each course and who have also achieved a top band result;

■ Distinguished achievers: students who have received a top band result in one or more HSC courses; and

■ All-round achievers: students who are distinguished achievers for courses totalling 10 or more units.

Merit lists will be published progressively on the Board of Studies’ website. Click here to access. 

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