Top of the Class, Top of the State, Top of the World

Westside Christian College graduate Jamie Hile was recognised by Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) as one of the outstanding achievers in the state.

Awards were presented by Hon Kate Jones, Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events. 

The awards, held on Saturday 20th February, recognise and reward Queensland’s 30 top-performing Year 12 students for outstanding academic achievement in 2015, putting them ahead of 50,000 of their peers.

Jamie was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, which recognises outstanding achievement for those who met the following criteria:

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Jamie Hile with QCAA Chair Brian Short and Hon Kate Jones, Minister for Education.

  • Demonstrate exceptionally high achievement across a diverse range of learning options;
  • An OP 1;
  • An A on the QCS Test;
  • Very High Achievements in at least 20 semesters of Authority subjects;

Westside Christian College Principal, Barry Leverton, was not surprised at her achievement: Jamie’s success is well deserved and obviously the College is extremely proud of her achievement”.

The humbled Jamie’s choice to study Applied Science comes with a University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship “awarded to outstanding applicants achieving at the very top of the OP1 band”. However, the musician and budding photographer is taking it all in her stride: “I’ve come to understand the value of not only achievement, but of goodness and strength of character as well.”


While Jamie admits that competition with the rest of her cohort, three of whom also achieved an OP1, brought out the best in her, there is little doubt that her strong work ethic helped inspire her peers. The result: 61% of the Year 12 cohort at Westside achieving an OP between 1 and 10, a record for the College.

Westside Christian College congratulates Jamie Hile on her outstanding achievement.

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