International students recognised
The contribution of international students to the public system has been recognised with 49 high achievers honoured in this year's annual awards.
Education Department deputy director-general, schools Gregory Prior presented certificates to 35 Academic Achievement and 14 School Service award nominees at a ceremony held late last month.
The award for the highest Academic Achievement in the 2010 Higher School Certificate (HSC) went to Vietnamese student, Manh Tue Truong, who attended Homebush Boys High School.
Manh Tue achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) score of 99.9 and was dux of his school.
The School Service award was presented to Bangladesh student Sadika Gazi Krinton, who attended Beverly Hills Girls High School.
Sadika was recognised for her involvement in school life and her contributions to the school and community.
These included election as senior officer on the SRC, winner of the 2009 Zonta Young Women in Public affairs Award in recognition of her involvement in advancing the cause of women, involvement in peer-tutoring programs at local primary schools and the IEC, as well as involvement in numerous fundraising, cultural and community events.
Other students to be recognised for Academic Achievement and School Service were from China, Cambodia, Korea, Germany and Iran.
DET International chief executive officer Mark Howland said it was important to "acknowledge the contribution international students make to their schools and recognise these outstanding achievements".
Photo: Beverly Hills High School student Sadika Gazi Krinton with deputy director-general (schools) Greg Prior. Photo by Toni Savelli.