The New South Wales Government has recognised fifty-four high achieving international students with an annual award presentation held at the NSW State Parliament House.


The award for the Academic Achievement in the 2011 Higher School Certificate (HSC) was presented to Vietnamese student Minh Thuy Thai who attended Canley Vale High School.  Minh Thuy achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) score of 99.95 which is the highest possible rank and was listed on the HSC Honour Roll and was dux of her school.


The School Service Award was presented to Chinese student Yuxuan Kitty Wang who attended Asquith Girls High School. Yuxuan was nominated by her school principal for outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, and her active and valuable contribution to school life and the community.


Deputy Director-General, Gregory Prior, presented certificates to 38 Academic Achievement and 16 School Service award nominees.  These international students represented many countries including the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Iran, Thailand, Malaysia and the Slovak Republic.


"Education empowers young people and enables them to be positive change-makers. All award recipients demonstrated outstanding academic and personal achievements and made valuable contributions to their school communities and we congratulate them," said Mark Howland, Chief Executive Officer, DEC International.