ALL SMILES: Merewether High School students Ellie Smith and Katie Fisher. – Picture by Phil HearneTHE Hunter fell just shy of having one of its students achieve the top university entrance score of 99.95, but there were plenty of high scorers in yesterday’s release of marks.

Two Merewether High students Jacqueline Krynda and Ellie Smith are thought to have shared the Hunter’s top spot with Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks of 99.75.

St Clare’s High School Taree student Kristy Everett was close behind with 99.65.

They were followed by Hunter Valley Grammar student Nikolas Willmott with 99.60, St Paul’s Booragul student Brigette Holt with 99.55, Hunter Valley Grammar’s Harkiran Singh with 99.40, and St Francis Xavier’s College Hamilton student Georgia Pyne and Hunter Valley Grammar student Jake Parker both with 99.35.

Rounding out the 99s were St Paul’s Booragul student Sebastian Howe with 99.20, Hunter Valley Grammar students Robert O’Grady and Alanah Thornton both on 99.05 and Merewether student Katie Fisher on 99.

The top Hunter School of Performing Arts student was Natasha Lennard with 98.65. She also came third in the state in Society and Culture.

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Overall, it was a mix of state selective, grammar and Catholic schools with some of the best university entrance scores.

Entrance scores are not sent to schools and not all students publicise their achievements.

The release of ATARs yesterday was the end of a week of Higher School Certificate results.

At Merewether, Katie and Ellie plan to study medicine at university while it’s the law for Jacqueline.

Ellie said she was sitting at her computer at 9am yesterday when the results were uploaded.

‘‘I may have had a dance around my room a little bit,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m glad it’s over.’’

Katie said she had her alarm set for 9am.

‘‘There was no one home so I had a little party for myself,’’ she said.

‘‘I would have been happy with the HSC and ATAR being released at once. It was too much suspense.’’

For the pair, the next wait is for university offers in January.

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