THIS week, more than 25,000 former high school students found out exactly how much the hard work of their final year has paid off.

Many of them patiently waited for Saturday morning to roll around and reveal their final OP score. Most of those students (21,333) achieved an OP between 1 and 15.

Only a tiny fraction - 733 to be exact - have reached the very top, with an OP 1.

Mitch DeWeers scored an OP1 at Nanango State High, and his twin sister Gabby achieved an OP3. 

IMPRESSIVE TWINS: Gabby and Mitch DeWeers are still shocked by their remarkable end of year academic results.
IMPRESSIVE TWINS: Gabby and Mitch DeWeers are still shocked by their remarkable end of year academic results. Contributed

In Gympie, five youngsters achieved the highest score. They include students from Gympie State High School, Victory College and James Nash State High School. 

Lillian Donald plans to study medicine. Rory Dennis hopes to open his own film production company. Natalie Phelan wasted no time in checking her score and woke her sister up at 5.30am on Saturday to celebrate the OP1.

She plans to head for Brisbane and the University of Queensland, eyeing off a career as a biology, chemistry and maths teacher.

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In Warwick, Jordan Simmers celebrated getting one step closer to his dream of being an orthopaedic surgeon after finding out he had secured an OP1. 

He has been working towards the goal for close to a decade. 

"I am just really interested in maths and science, and medicine is a really good career that is always changing and new studies are being put out that make it a really interesting career all throughout life," he told the Warwick Daily News.

Bundaberg High graduate Indy Burt decided in Year 11 he would work for an OP1. He got the good news on Saturday morning that his hours of study meant he achieved his goal.  

"I did everything I could to put myself in the best position but I was still nervous because there are a lot of factors that affect OP scores," he told the NewsMail.

At the Fraser Coast, Xavier Catholic College 2018 graduate Ethan Makaresz was one of the few in the region to receive an OP1 alongside Urangan State High School OP1 student Isaac Ryan.

In Toowoomba, Brittany Werder became the first student at the relatively new Wilsonton State High School to achieve an OP1. 

Rhianna McKechnie and Charlotte Lindemann from The Glennies School in Toowoomba also secured their much-wanted OP1s.

Rhianna plans to student biomedical science and Charlotte will be heading into an engineering and science degree. 

Toowoomba's Matthew Armanasco and Patrick Coleman also achieved an OP1.  They hold dreams of studying engineering and physics, and mathematical sciences and art. 

The city has accounted for a swath of the top achievers in Queensland. Downlands College is celebrating five students scoring an OP1. They are Zoe Hulme-Peake, Thomas Markey, Fletcher Price, Misty Tommei and Kyle Wills.

Ipswich Grammar School also had a strong showing this year, with six students achieving an OP1.

Ipswich Girls' Grammar also had a high number of strong OP results. The Queensland Times reported Claire Careless, Chani Dedduwa Jayatungage, Flynn Fordairs, Ella McBain, Nancy Phung and Tahlia Slater all achieved an OP of 1 or 2.

The results were well above the state average with 9 per cent of the eligible cohort getting an OP 1 compared to the the state average of 2.8 per cent.

Further north, Queensland's regional high schools also performed extremely well. 

An outstanding 12 students from Rockhampton Grammar School secured an OP1. A total 38 students achieved an OP1-5 among the 137 OP-eligible students in the graduating class.  

Three students from Northern Beaches State High School in Townsville achieved an OP1 alongside two students from Pimlico State High School. 

Five students out of a 63-student cohort at Cairns school Trinity Anglican College accounted secured an OP1 and eight students from St Augustine's College achieved the score. At St Andrew's Catholic College, the honour of OP1 went to Ceiridwen Vaughan and Grace Fawkes. 

Alexandra Wilson, Fariha Mazumder, Deepak Koshy, Danya Bushell and Megan Morris all gained OP1s at Whitsunday Anglican College. 

As these teens celebrate their strong scores, people across Queensland have been quick to remind students that an OP is not life-defining.

They also aren't the only measure of success for the outgoing class of 2018.

More than 31,000 Year 12 students also achieved a VET Certificate I, II, III or IV while in their final year.

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