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Jaime flying high over HSC results

With her bags already packed for military training camp, Jaime Ribeiro has aced her final year of school.

Three smiling girls hug one another.

Moving on up: HSC student Jaime Ribeiro with her sisters Danielle, left, and Kalani.

Jaime Ribeiro had every reason to be happy when she received the text with her HSC results this morning.

Not only did the 17-year-old excel at her HSC, achieving Band 6 in Mathematics and high Band 5s in English, Aboriginal Studies, Community and Family Studies and PDHPE, but she is also walking straight from school and into a job.

The Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus captain has been selected into the RAAF Gap Year program in 2019.

Her academic success has also earned her a place on the HSC Distinguished Achievers list which was released this afternoon, alongside the All-Round Achiever and Top Achievers lists.

Jaime, who completed Aboriginal Studies in Year 11, was today one of 67,973 students to receive the Higher School Certificate, with 75,700 students in 2018 completing at least one HSC course.

Approximately 11 per cent of course results across the state were in the top band (Band 6 or E4), 41 per cent in the top two bands and 70 per cent in the top three bands.

Jaime’s results cap off an incredible two-year journey for the young woman who discovered during her Aboriginal Studies coursework that her family was linked to the first Aboriginal man to circumnavigate Australia.

She also found the unmarked grave of Granny Lewis, Jaime's fourth great-grandmother, wrote a book on her family history and was awarded the Department of Education Nanga Mai Award for student leadership.

Jaime said in the lead up to her HSC year she had been focused on becoming a primary school teacher.

However, in her role as school captain, she was invited to a Women in Defence breakfast and was intrigued by the chance to dip her toe into the world of military service.

Jaime said she found the idea of a gap year with the RAAF attractive as it would allow her to get a feel for air force life without making a long-term commitment to the defence force.

As part of the program she will work as an aircraft crew attendant on the military planes.

“I’ll be working as a military flight attendant on planes that ferry important people such as politicians and visiting dignitaries around the country,” she said.

“There’s only three people [in the gap year program] that have got this role.”

Her strong HSC results would also open pathways if she decided to continue her studies through the air force, she said.

“I’d like to be an officer if possible or a pilot,” she said.

First though Jaime has to conquer a three-month military training camp that begins on January 22 in Wagga Wagga.

“I’m really excited, but a little nervous as I’ve heard the boot camp is pretty hard,” she laughs.

Of today’s HSC recipients, 56,142 will be eligible to receive an ATAR, which are due to be announced tomorrow.

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