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HSC student snaps up tops in two courses

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Anna Hitchings

Year 12 student Dominic Dwyer says it was a pleasant shock in learning that he'd topped the state in two subjects in this year's HSC exams.

The 18-year-old from Sydney's Fort Street High School led NSW in Modern History and French Continuers, snapping up two of the four first-in-course certificates the school achieved this year.

Sydney's James Ruse Agricultural High also nabbed four first-in-course honours, while Sydney Grammar School came out on top with seven.

The top honours were announced on Wednesday by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, ahead of the full results release at 6am on Thursday when the more than 77,000 NSW students who sat the exams will receive at text message relaying their results.

"This is a very proud day for all the students who have achieved a first in course result," Mr Piccoli said.

"Whether a student tops the state or not, undertaking the HSC gives young people skills and experience that will serve them well in their lives beyond school."

There were 129 first-in-course certificates awarded to 124 students across 74 NSW schools, including 34 government and 40 non-government.

Mathematics was the highest-scoring subject, with six students awarded for topping the course.

Sydney Girls High topped three subjects while a spattering of other schools, including Baulkham Hills, International Grammar and Nowra, topped two.

Dominic said he could barely believe he had topped two subjects.

"I was shocked, myself, my parents were equally surprised but it's a great feeling," he said.

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