College honours high achievers

Trinity Catholic College dux for 2005, Kate Johnson (front), with HSC high achievers Kate MacDonald and Matthew Sanderson following the colleges annual HSC awards ceremony on Tuesday.

Swimming and study go hand in hand for Trinity Catholic Colleges dux for 2005, Kate Johnson, who was recognised for her academic achievements during Trinitys annual HSC awards ceremony on Tuesday.

Last December when other Northern Rivers HSC students were nervously awaiting their results, Kate only had one thing on her mind to return home to Lennox Head with a state swimming title.

Before leaving her Sydney hotel room to compete in the finals of the 200m open butterfly, Kate went online to check her results and discovered she had scored a UAI of 99.85.

Far from being distracted, Kate reckons the good news helped her win the event.

When I found out my results I didnt really believe it but it made me really happy and when Im happy I swim faster, Kate said. Ive been swimming competitively since I was very small and I think this training has really helped with my school work.

Kate will begin a medical science degree at Sydney University in March and said her goal is to work in stem cell and genetic research.

Kate was one of around 30 2005 HSC high achievers who were honoured at the special acawards ceremony, which is held each year to pay tribute the shining stars of the college.


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