Students top the state in VCE subjects

THREE central Victorian students have been recognised for excellence in their academic studies.  

Former Kyneton Secondary College student Joshua Thorpe and former Bendigo Senior Secondary College pupils Amelia Heinrich and Liam Byrne were recipients of a Premier's Victorian Certificate of Education Award. 

The awards are presented to the three highest achievers in each VCE subject for 2013 across the state. 

Mr Thorpe was awarded for his outstanding results in systems engineering, Mr Byrne for further mathematics and Miss Heinrich for music styles and composition.

Mr Byrne won a Premier's Award for excellence in business management in 2012 but said he was surprised to win another. 

"I wasn't expecting the award," he said. 

"I didn't feel that confident after I came out of the exam.

"So finding out I had achieved a perfect score of 50 was great."

Miss Heinrich is studying music at the University of Melbourne and hopes to become a music therapist. 

BSSC principal Dale Pearce said the awards were a recognition of hard work and dedication. 

He said the students had shown outstanding commitment to their studies. 

The awards were presented a ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.  

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