VICTORY Christian College student Eve Fetherstonhaugh got several hugs from her mum on Wednesday morning.
Her parents were delighted with her ATAR of 91.35, making her the dux of the school.
Eve hopes to go on to study architecture, at Deakin Geelong.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College dux Greta Shaeche hopes to user her ATAR to study nursing and midwifery at Deakin University.
But next on her agenda is a gap year, working fully time at the Bendigo Eye Clinic.
"It'll be awesome experience. I get to be in the hospital environment, learn a lot about health, before going to uni the next year," Greta said.
Despite her impressive ATAR of 98.6, Greta had never expected to become dux. She said in her mind, she was working towards a score she was proud of and reflected her ability.
Greta wasn't the only student pleased with her results.
Philippa Bywaters had already received an offer for the University of Melbourne's Hansen Scholarship by lunchtime, which would fund a large proportion of the costs of her undergraduate study.
Philippa said the scholarship meant she was hoping to study biomedicine. It wasn't until she received this offer that her score became real for her.
She had ripped the bandaid off early, clicking to view her results as soon as they came out.
"There was a minute where I thought, 'Is this right, is this real?' I didn't really expect a mark anywhere near that good," she said.
"It was kind of surreal, obviously I was very elated, very happy and I knew I would be able to do a lot of things."
For Wesley Hunter his ATAR of 98.15 was hopefully the ticket into a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at La Trobe University Bendigo. He said it had been a stressful night, but he was chuffed by the results.
BSSC Principal Dale Pearce said staff were particularly pleased for all the school's students, after a really difficult year.
Mr Pearce said he was delighted for the students who were happy with their market, but urged anyone who had not done as well as expected to contact careers and pathways staff.
ELIZA Griffiths gasped when she saw her Victorian Certificate of Education result. She had to double check to be sure she was right, before running downstairs to tell her parents.
Eliza's score of 99.25 was gained through studying Literature, Classics, Revolutions History and Psychology in 2020.
She still isn't sure what she wants to do, or where she wants to go, but knows it will be arts-related.
Eliza was one of five Girton students to score above 98, with Jordan Barclay dux.
Hugo Begg, Dominic Tune and Jessica Dean all joined the pair in the top two per cent of the state.
A total of 27.43 per cent of Girton's year 12 class of 2020 finished in the top 10 per cent of the state.
CATHERINE McAuley College student Josh Prowse was awake 4.30am waiting for his results.
The sleepless night was worth it though, his ATAR score of 99.35 put him as the school's dux for 2020.
Normally Josh isn't happy with any academic results - always saying he could have done better - but on Wednesday he was content.
It's a score that will help him along his way towards a dream of studying Medicine at Monash University.
Josh was joined in achieving a high score by fellow CMC students Jo Sidhom and Clare McCarthy, both achieving ATARs of above 98.
Principal Brian Turner congratulated the entire class of 2020, saying they had faced many challenges and great uncertainty in their final year.
NEITHER of Marist College's top two VCE achievers for 2020 were quite expecting their result.
But Sarah Sinapius and Luke Basile both achieved scores in the high 90s, topping their year level.
Sarah was the college dux, with a score of 97.55. Luke achieved a scored of 96.9.
Both have plans for university study in Melbourne, Sarah hopes to enroll in an double degree in arts and education at Monash University, hoping to become a drama and English teacher.
Luke hopes to pursue engineering, beginning with a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.
Sarah said she was sad to have missed some of the opportunities of year 12 with learning forward to home, but looking forward to experiencing university in 2021.
"This year was obviously quite hard. Without the people around me I never would have got there," she said.
"The one thing I didn't quite realise was how important it was to be around people in that classroom."
A total 23 per cent of Marist College students sitting the VCE achieved an ATAR of above 80.
THE wait is over for thousands of year 12 students in central Victoria who today receive their final results after a unique year.
Students faced disrupted learning, as they studied from home when Victoria locked down to combat the effects of COVID-19.
The students were able to access their results from about 7am on Wednesday morning.
Each student was assessed for an individual disadvantage consideration, taking into account the effects of events such as bushfires and the pandemic on their lives.
Central Victorian students are among 50,284 to graduate the Victorian Certificate of Education this year. A record 14,529 students will receive their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.
Students received their results from 7am on Wednesday. More than 14 thousand received a study score of 40 or above.
Thirty-eight students in the class of 2020 received an ATAR of 99.95, the highest possible score.
The average ATAR across all students was 68.14.
Students have until noon on January 4 to change their preferences on their Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre account.
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