On Thursday 22 February, Amity College held its annual HSC and ATAR Awards Ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the graduating class of 2017 in last year’s HSC.

Attended by the 2017 Graduates, their families and friends, the current Year 12 students, teachers and principals, the awards ceremony saw generous prizes awarded to students who helped maintain a well-established tradition of academic excellence at the College.

Constituting around half the graduated cohort, students who attained an ATAR of 80.00 or over were awarded with crystal trophies, gift cards and tablet devices.

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The ceremony began with an address by the Amity College Executive Principal, Mr Deniz Erdogan, who talked about a series of new goals and opportunities following the HSC and that overcoming each struggle serves to strengthen and prepare one for the next.

Stating that the College would love to see all of its graduates as successful individuals in society regardless of the path they take, Mr Erdogan emphasised that success is amplified when value is added to one’s community.

Girls High School Dux, Adna Mahmutovic (ATAR 99.60) with her cheque for $4500.

The ceremony concluded with the exciting announcements of the Boys High School Dux, Mohamad Kazal (ATAR 97.50), and Girls High School Dux, Adna Mahmutovic (ATAR 99.60), who each delivered their dux addresses.

Ms Mahmutovic, also the College’s overall top achiever, addressed the new Year 12 cohort in her speech and explained that there was no secret to attaining HSC success and that there were several myths that presupposed achievement, which she uncovered one at a time.

The Year 12 students in the audience listened attentively with one student noting that it was motivating to see such highly-driven students reflect on their experience and that their words of advice were very much appreciated.

Established in 1996, Amity College is a leading independent and non-denominational school in Sydney’s south-west which provides K-12 education.