SCORES of St Helens students toasted top A-level results – but a select group from each sixth form were saluted for achieving exceptional grades.
At Rainhill High, Antasia Adam-Smith, Meghann Matthews, Andrew Foote, Ben Quickfall and Michael Schenck were among the top performers.
Antasia collected As in English literature, biology and psychology and Meghann As in biology, geography, and psychology.
Both are now set to study psychology - at Manchester and Sheffield respectively.
Andrew Foote earned an A* in maths, As in biology and physics and a B in German and is set to study linguistics and maths at York University.
Ben Quickfall also collected an A* in maths, as well as As in physics, further maths and geography. He is set to take a gap year before studying engineering at Sheffield.
Michael Schenck secured As in English literature, maths and theatre studies and a B in geography and will study English literature and theatre studies at Leeds.
Among the top performers at Rainford High were Mark Hardy, Gregory Lowe and Zoe Murphy.
Mark achieved an incredible three A*s in English language and literature, extended project and general studies and As in geography, maths and business studies and is set to read business economics at Liverpool University.
Gregory achieved an A* in the extended project qualification and As in chemistry, physics and maths to secure an apprenticeship with BAE.
Zoe collected an A* in the extended project and As in product design, art and media studies and is set to start an art foundation course at Carmel College.
Meanwhile, at Carmel College, students Ashley Tyrer, Sam Baskett and Paige Worthington were all smiles as they collected their results.
Ashley, of Blackbrook, earned A*s in chemistry, maths and general studies and As in biology and dance and hopes to become a brain surgeon.
She said: “I’m over the moon, especially the A* in maths because I only dropped four marks in two years!
“I’m going to study neuroscience at Edinburgh University now. I’ve always been really interested in the workings of the brain.”
Talented dancer Sam, also of Blackbrook, competed at the Dance World Cup in Brighton earlier this year before picking up an A in dance and Bs in performance studies and law.
He said: “I qualified for the World Cup out of 18,000 applicants and finished sixth in my category - contemporary modern solo.
“I’m off to London to study dance at Roehampton University and hope to forge a career in dance companies or music videos.”
Despite earning an A* in biology and As in chemistry, maths and critical thinking, Paige, from Rainford, is determined to follow her dream of becoming a primary school teacher.
She said: “I only needed Bs to get onto my course at Edge Hill but I love kids so primary school teaching has always made sense for me.”