Celebrating the achievements of women

Jindabyne Central School (JCS) has recognised International Women's Day by celebrating the achievements of women in the school community.

Relieving principal Debbie-Lee Hughes said International Women's Day was a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to the dedication, success and hard work made by many women associated with the school and broader Jindabyne community.

Ms Hughes paid tribute to the dozen girls who graduated Year 12 at JCS last year, with more than 90 per cent receiving university offers following their HSC exams.

Former school captain Michaela Ripper received an impressive ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 94.5 and has begun studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Honours) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

Michaela was also awarded the ANU region scholarship worth $6,500 a year for five years to help with the cost of studying in Canberra.

Fellow school leaver Blayre Smith was accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney University's Sydney College of the Arts while others received university offers from Canberra University, the University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University and Central Queensland University.

Ms Hughes also paid tribute to former students including Olympians Manuela Berchtold and Nicole Parks who have become role models in the community.

Nicole, 21, has just returned from the Winter Olympics in Sochi where she finished 15th in the women's moguls and has been to JCS to pass on her experiences to some of the school's youngest students.

Eight years earlier Manuela came 14th in the women's moguls at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy - at the time the best result by an Australian woman.

After representing Australia at two Olympics, Manuela has gone on to establish a successful business at High Country Fitness and become a talented and sought-after motivational speaker.

International Women's Day was celebrated around the world on Saturday March 8.

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