This morning, about 65,000 Year 12 students in Victoria, Australia, received their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) results.
This year tested them in ways no textbook could have prepared them for.
Bentleigh Secondary College school captain, Greek Australian Tia Lambas, was one of the 65,000 students who eagerly awaited the big 'number reveal'.
But just before the results were released, Tia's mum, Mary, slipped a note under her daughter's door telling her how proud she was, no matter her VCE result.
“The lights went on at 6.50am, and she said, ‘I don’t want anyone in the room’,” Tia’s mum told The Age.
“So I slipped the congratulations cards under the doorway and I hoped that she’d read that before she got her results."
“I saw her work so hard, to not get what you wanted would have been a little devastating so I’m really happy for her.”
According to The Age, Tia wants to study medical imaging.
She also exclaimed that she is "really proud of all peers." "We survived the year, so that's what matters."
This year, 98.3% of students successfully completed their VCE, up from 98.1% last year.
Female students had a slightly higher result on average than their male counterparts – the average ATAR for females was 69.45, while for males it was 66.60.