But the extra motivation paid off for the Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook graduates, who both placed on the 2016 HSC Merit List of All Round Achievers.
Students must achieve a Band 6, the highest result possible, in each of the HCS courses they study to receive the academic honour. The pair studied identical subjects and received the same marks in all but Economics, where they were separated by just four marks.
With quality teaching and motivated students, great things can be achieved.
Domenic said having a twin was both the biggest distraction and the biggest motivator. Angelo agreed.
“It has the greatest of advantages,” he said. “You take on the HSC experience together, you support each other through the highs and lows as well as sharing study notes and helping each other revise”.
Angelo and Domenic also acknowledged their family’s support in their final year of school, and that of their Year 12 and pastoral care teachers for helping them to maintain a balanced perspective of the HSC and field any challenges within the year.
Principal Jane Donovan taught the twins’ Economics class in their final years. She said dedication to their studies and a willingness to “go the extra mile” in seeking to improve were among the keys to their success. Ms Donovan said all of Good Samaritan’s 2016 year 12 graduates had built on the success of previous years, sustaining a journey of improvement in HSC results at the College.
“We are elated with the results of our Year 12 2016 students,” said Ms Donovan, “As a group it proves that with quality teaching and motivated students, great things can be achieved.”
Angelo and Domenic have both applied to study Civil Engineering and Surveying at The University of New South Wales for 2017.