Tegan Mackay of James Sheahan Catholic High School was recognised for her exceptional music talent in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst Awards Ceremony for Academic Excellence on Wednesday.
The 2017 graduate was recognised for receiving a band six – between 90-100 per cent – in her Higher School Certificate music subject.
Miss Mackay, who was one of 29 students at her school to receive a band six, put in up to two hours of viola practice a day, on top of her year 12 studies.
“It was a bit intense,” Miss Mackay said.
“Music is my creative outlet though – I find it much more relaxing than writing essays or studying formulas.”
Miss Mackay has been accepted to study Veterinary Science at Sydney University but is choosing to take a year off to consider her options.
“This year I’m starting a music teaching job and hopefully I’ll be playing in as many local orchestras as possible,” Miss Mackay said.