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Parramatta OLMC tops state in Study of Religion
High achievers: (l-r) Jennifer Taylor, Jennifer Vu, Elizabeth Hackney, Elizabeth McLean and Jessica VidigalThey look happy don't they? Well these bright young women have certainly earned the chance to relax after cleaning up in last year's HSC.
They are ex-students of Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, whose Year 12s performed extremely well in the HSC last year, especially when it came to studies of religion.
Jennifer Vu, the college dux, achieved a University Admissions Index of 99.6, and came third in the state for Studies of Religion 2 Unit.
Elizabeth Hackney came first in the state for the subject.
Jennifer and Elizabeth McLean were named as 'top all rounders' for scoring 90 marks or above in 10 or more units for their subjects.
Elizabeth also came sixth in the state for Studies of Religion 2 Unit.
Both received Premier's Awards for all-round excellence.
They were closely followed by Melissa Almessi and Elizabeth Hackney. Melissa achieved sixth place in Studies of Religion 1 Unit.
Twenty-five other students made UAIs of 90 or above, 44 were listed as top achievers and 93 students were mentioned in the merit list.
All of the college's top achievers were heavily involved in co-curricular activities throughout their years at the college.
Principal Sr Ailsa Mackinnon says that the college encourages pupils to strike a balance between their academic achievements and other pursuits, be it student leadership, sporting or social justice programs.
"We encourage them to get involved in the total life of the school," she says. "We are proud of all the girls."