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At 6am on Tuesday morning, roughly 75,000 NSW students received their HSC results via text message, signifying the end of their high school journey and their introduction into the next stage of their lives.

In languages, there were 18 students from the Saturday School of Community Languages who placed first in their course. Among these students was Savina-Ipapanti Ellina, from the Saturday School of Community Languages St George High School, who placed first in Modern Greek Continuers and Extension.

There were also 11 students from the NSW School of Languages who secured a first place ranking, including Stella Kretzas who placed first in NSW in Modern Greek Beginners.

In Classical Greek, Sebastian Joseph Braham from St Ignatius’ College placed first in NSW in Classical Greek Continuers and Extension.

Other Greek students across NSW stood out in their HSC results, including school captain Isaiah Kezelos from Macarthur Anglican School, achieving a 99.35 ATAR and placing first in the state for Indonesian Extension, fifth for Indonesian Continuers and seventh for Music 1.

Notably, Andre Thomas from St Euphemia achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.95, placing 1st in the state in Economics, 2nd in the state in English Advanced and 3rd in the State in Legal Studies.

While St Spyridon students Peter Nikas and Stella Ktenas stood out with ATARS of 99.65 (Peter) and 99.50 (Stella).

Adrian Nathan Panas was another successful student who made the “All-Round Achievers List” and “Distinguished Achivers List” with an ATAR of 99.50. Adrian attended Sydney Boys High School and achieved Band 6’s in English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Chemistry and Economics.

In regards to Greek Orthodox Colleges, in NSW, St Spyridon College, All Saints Grammar and St Euphemia College had a number of high achieving students.

St Spyridon Class of 2019.

St Spyridon College

St Spyridon College in Kingsford produced excellent results this year, ranking in the top 16% of schools in New South Wales in 2019.

At St Spyridon, there were two “HSC All Round Achievers”:

  • Peter Nikas with an ATAR of 99.65 – 6th in the state in Mathematics Extension 1, and Band 6 in Chemistry, English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 2 and Physics
  • Stella Ktenas with an ATAR of 99.50 – 7th in the state in Modern History, and Band 6 in English Advanced, English Extension 1, Legal Studies and History Extension

Top Achievers were:

  • Anthea Condous with an ATAR of 98.95 – 13th in the state in Mathematics and Band 6 in Business Studies, Economics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics
  • Vivienne Hatzigiakoumis – 5th in the state Hospitality
  • Konstantina Koliopanos – 4th in the state in Modern Greek Continuers

Distinguished Achievers included:

  • George Bozikis with an ATAR of 97.15 – Band 6 in Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies
  • Emmanuel Tzanakes with an ATAR of 96.40 – Economics, Mathematics, PDHPE
  • Connor Giavis with an ATAR of 95.30 – Business Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Physics
  • Fereniki Ghelis with an ATAR of 95.05 – Band 6 in Ancient History, Business Studies and Modern History
  • William Georgas with an ATAR of 94.95 – Band 6 in Business Studies and Legal Studies
  • Jade Capitanelis with an ATAR of 94.35 – Band 6 in Ancient History, Legal Studies and Modern History
  • Tiffany Tsoukalas with an ATAR of 94.15 – Band 6 in Food Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1
  • Chris Vlachos with an ATAR of 93.40 – Band 6 in Business Studies and Mathematics Standard 2
  • Ephemia Damianos with an ATAR of 91.14 – Band 6 in Mathematics
  • Roula Nicholos – Band 6 in Business Studies, Legal Studies and Mathematics
  • Cleo Mihail – Band 6 in Design and Technology
  • Georgia Hairis – Band 6 in Design and Technology
  • Nikyle Konstantin – Band 6 in Mathematics
  • Michael Hatzon – Band 6 in Mathematics
  • Leonidas Gouskos – Band 6 in Mathematics Standard 2
  • Natasha Payoi – Band 6 in Ancient History and Legal Studies
  • Marie Vasilakis – Band 6 in Food Technology
  • Desi Kapodistrias – Band 6 in Food Technology
  • Nikolija Jovanovic – Band 6 in Design and Technology
  • Efthimia Kollias – Band 6 in Modern Greek Cont and Modern Greek Ext.
  • Eirini Kourliafti – Band 6 in Modern Greek Cont.
  • Jordan Collins-Liburd – Band 6 in Music 1
  • Jonathan Kan – Band 6 in Music 1
  • Alexandra Stamios – Band 6 in Music 1
  • Peter Vassilis – Band 6 in Music 1
  • Spiros Zafiropoulos – Band in Music 1
All Saints Grammar Class of 2019.

All Saints Grammar

All Saints Grammar in Belmore had a smaller cohort, who also produced exceptional results.

Distinguished Achievers:

  • Elessa Stivaktas with an ATAR of 96.15 – Band 6 in Mathematics, Classical Greek Continuers and Classical Greek Extension
  • Tiana Varelas with an ATAR 91.55 – Band 6 in 2 Unit Mathematics
  • Zoe-Vasilia Fountotos – 4th in the state in Modern Greek Continuers, 2nd in the state in Modern Greek Extension, and Band 6 in Classical Greek Continuers and Classical Greek Extension
  • Georgios Atsalis – Band 6 in 2 Unit Music
  • Zihao Huang – Band 6 in Mathematics Extension 2
  • Kostantinos Papoulidis – Band 6 Modern Greek Continuers
  • Stephanie Triantis – Band 6 in PDHPE
St Euphemia College Class of 2019.

St Euphemia College

St Euphemia College in Bankstown were also among the higher achieving schools, ranking in the top 16% of schools in New South Wales. The Greek Orthodox school rose from 202nd four years ago to 94th this year, narrowly missing out on the top 50 most improved school rankings.

Andre Thomas was awarded the HSC All Round Achiever, First Place in course and Top Achiever titles, with an outstanding ATAR of 99.95. He placed first in the state in Economics, 2nd in the state in English Advanced, 3rd in the State in Legal Studies, and achieved a band 6 in English Extension 1.

Stephen George Allagiannis was another Top Achiever at St Euphemia, with an ATAR of 98.8. He also ranked 10th in the state in Engineering Studies and achieved Band 6’s in English Advanced, Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.

More distinguished achievers at St Euphemia included:

  • Eleni Koutsiofi with an ATAR of 96.35 – Band 6 in English Advanced, English Extension 1, Legal Studies and Mathematics
  • Mariah Sarah Lamprinos with an ATAR of 94.65 – Band 6 in Ancient History, English Advanced, English Ext 1 and Legal Studies
  • Jenny Bitas with an ATAR of 93.2 – Band 6 in English Advanced, Food Technology and Legal Studies
  • Maria Georgakopoulou with an ATAR of 92.8 – Band 6 in Hospitality
  • Georgia Wishart with an ATAR of 92.15 – Band 6 in Ancient History, English Advanced and Food Technology
  • Christian George Sgouros with an ATAR of 92.1 – Band 6 in English Advanced
  • William Thomson with an ATAR of 91.85 – Band 6 in Ancient History and English Advanced
  • Natalia Neophytou with an ATAR of 90.8 – Band 6 in Hospitality
  • Tia Christodoulou – Band 6 in Design & Technology
  • Peter Evripidou – Band 6 in Legal Studies
  • Amira Fahmy – Band 6 in English Advanced, Legal Studies and PDHPE
  • Iasonas Giannopoulos – Band 6 in English Advanced and Modern Greek Cont.
  • Nicholas David Kontominas – Band 6 in Modern Greek Cont.
  • Alexander Neroutsos – Band 6 in Music Extension and Modern Greek Cont.
  • Lisa Rose Theodosiou – Band 6 in Design & Technology
  • Aleksa Trazivuk – Band 6 in Serbian Cont.
  • Marissa Vavoulas – Band 6 in Design & Technology
  • Angeliki Georgakopoulou – Band 6 in Classical Greek Cont. and Classical Greek Ext .

Across all schools, girls dominated Visual Arts, English Extension, Legal Studies and Biology, while boys achieved the greatest proportion of high scores in the hardest three maths subjects, chemistry and physics.

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