Melissa picks up a Minister's 'gong'
BALLINA High School Year 12 student Melissa Cork has been awarded a prestigious Minister's Award for Excellence in Student Achievement.
The NSW Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, announced the award last week.
The winning students were chosen from across NSW for their achievements in academic excellence as well as sporting, cultural, leadership and community contribution.
Only 39 of the awards were handed out this year from 61,000 Year 12 students. Only up to 40 are awarded in any year.
"These young people have embraced the opportunities provided by our schools and proven that achievement in public education has no limits," Ms Firth said.
"Each recipient is a role model for other students at their school and a wonderful ambassador for their local communities and their families."
Melissa is one of only four students in the North Coast region to receive a gong.
She has recently returned from Beijing where she performed with a world youth orchestra at the Olympics.
She has performed in State bands, Schools Spectacular and Northern Stars Under the Big Top. She also has played in the Ballina Public School, Ballina High School and Ballina Shire bands. Her academic results place her place her at the top of her cohort in all subjects. She has gained High Distinctions in Australian English competitions and Distinctions in National Science, Chemistry, Computer Skills, Westpac Mathematics and Writing competitions.
She has been ranked first in English for six years and in the half-yearly was ranked first in seven of her eight subjects.
Melissa is a talented public speaker and debater, succeeding to Regional level in Lions Youth of the Year.
She has been an SRC member for four years.