Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Katie Is Top of the State; Mount St Pat's Student Gets a 99

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Katie Is Top of the State; Mount St Pat's Student Gets a 99

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Byline: Mitchell Crawley mitchell.crawley@tweeddailynews.com.au

MOUNT St Patrick College student Katie Jones wouldn't let herself believe what she was seeing on a computer screen in a Prague hostel half a world away from her home in the Tweed.

Like other graduating students who this year sat their HSCs, Ms Jones had been fretfully counting down the hours, then the minutes, and finally the seconds, until the results of 12 years of effort would appear like magic on a screen.

"I nearly died when I entered my (log-in) PIN and suddenly saw a 99 number right in front of my eyes; I literally couldn't believe it," Ms Jones told the Tweed Daily News.

The number meant Katie had performed better than 99.15% of her peers who requested university entrance ranks.

So disbelieving was Katie, she logged herself off the University Admissions Centre app she had been using. Then she took a breath and waited a few seconds - though they must have seemed like many more. …

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