For an area of study to combine physics and maths with art and creative thinking, Katrina Quizon couldn’t look past engineering.
The Blacktown teenager will be studying biomedical engineering at the University of Sydney this year.
Ms Quizon hopes to one day produce life-saving medical instruments – a career path she thanked her school, St Andrew’s College, for helping to cultivate.
“It was a very supportive environment, particularly during my senior years,” she said.
“All the teachers and staff provided guidance, especially during the tough times. And my friends also helped through the journey.”
Ms Quizon and 18 of her peers were recognised last week as the 2016 Distinguished Achievers at St Andrew’s College.
Khang Nguyen, 17, was formally recognised as the school dux for his ATAR of 99.40.
Mr Nguyen was named on the Premier’s HSC All Rounders list for achieving a band 6 result in all of his subjects.
He was also ranked sixth in the state for Music 1, earning an encore nomination for his piano performance.
The teenage prodigy said he will continue playing piano as a hobby, but most of his focus now will be on his double degree of law and biomedical engineering at the University of Sydney.
“I’m looking forward to the new year in uni and seeing what doors will open for me,” he said.
“And really getting to experience something different from school.”