Calrossy student Caitlin top of the class of 2012

A LIFE on the land is on the cards for a Calrossy Anglican School student who achieved the state’s highest mark for primary industries in this year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Caitlin Myors was yesterday recognised for her achievement at an awards ceremony in Sydney for topping the state in the vocational education and training (VET) course.

“I was a bit shocked, shocked and excited; it doesn’t happen every day,” Caitlin said.

She said she put in “a bit of extra effort” in the lead-up to her final exams, and used past exam papers to help her prepare.

Caitlin said she owed some of her success to her primary industries teacher, Geoff Nielsen, and her agriculture teacher, Bron Nielsen, for helping her with her studies.

The 17-year-old also studied biology, standard English and general maths, and plans to one day become a property manager.

“My family own a property and I’ve always been on the land, and it’s something I plan to continue doing,” she said. Livestock would be her main focus, she said.

Yesterday afternoon Caitlin and her mum were planning to make their way home, a sheep and cattle farm 270km north-west of Bourke, to start working in her chosen field – but traffic delayed them, they missed the flight to Cobar, and were marooned and had to spend the night in Sydney.

They’ll try again this morning.

Principal Elisabeth Jackson said Caitlin’s achievement was “wonderful”.

“You’re just elated for the student and you’re elated for the staff, because it’s a partnership between the student and the staff,” Mrs Jackson said.

She said it was also a great result for the region and the industry as a whole.

HSC marks are released this morning.

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