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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 - $1.20 Happy Christmas FESTIVE spirit arrived in a great way with a huge night of carols in Leongatha last Saturday. Despite the change to an indoor venue, hundreds of people enjoyed a night of singing, music, and fun for the kids and, of course, Santa Claus. See story and pictures on page 2. On behalf of management and staff at The Star, we wish you a happy, holy and safe Christmas. Look out for next week’s issue on the special date of Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26 from 6am. In this issue will be the free bumper tourist liftout, South Coast Tourist News, now in its tenth year of publication. Yuletide icon: Santa Claus and Neil Warren from the Leongatha State Emergency Service were swamped when the man in the red suit arrived for the Carols in the Drome on Saturday. Among the welcoming party were, front, from left, Laura Richmond, Kyah Clarkson, Molly-Mae Nicols and Vincent Trease. Top marks Teens celebrate end of VCE By Simone Short SOUTH Gippsland students are among the most successful in Victoria, with nearly every school in the region reporting high achievers after Year 12 results were released yesterday (Monday). Most schools awarded dux to stu- dents with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score in the nineties. Newhaven College topped the board with a dux ATAR of 98.1, while Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Anna Kentwell was not far behind, achieving a score of 97.90. Third highest was the dux of Mary MacKillop Catholic College in Leongatha, Rebecca Argento, who was thrilled to see her score of 97.75 on the internet yesterday morning. “I didn’t sleep much the night before and kept hitting the refresh button on the page before I got my result around five to seven,” Rebecca said. “I saw my study scores first and thought my ATAR would be fairly high, but I was only expecting around a 90. “When I finally saw it I just screamed and woke up my sister. I’m just really stoked.” Rebecca also received a message from Monash University, where she hopes to study a double degree in commerce and engineering, informing her she had received a Women in Engineering Scholarship as a result of her score. The whole Argento family was celebrating, with Rebecca’s younger sister, Bridget, receiving a study score of 45 in Further Mathematics despite only being in Year 11. Mary MacKillop had six students achieve an ATAR of 90 or better including Angus Harrison (94.30), Kai Busch (92.60), Clare De Silva (92.20), Alice Lindsay (91.45) and Ben Thomas (90.55). Another three students earned an ATAR score in the 80s and 11 more an ATAR score in the 70s. Twelve students also received study scores of 40 or more in selected subjects. Continued on page 4. Page 2 Page 8 Page 63 Dance extravaganza Beau home for Christmas Federer to Foster

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