I have just been using this time to try and write some music and learn new songs.Grace Moloney
Grace Moloney could hardly believe it when she found out she had received a Premier's Award for music.
The 19-year-old, who completed her study at Mercy Regional College in Camperdown but completed her music unit at Emmanuel College, said she had read the letter twice.
"It is such a weird feeling because when I got the score I didn't think that it was real," Ms Moloney said.
"It is such a fantastic feeling when hard work pays off."
Ms Moloney, who is from The Sisters, is studying speech pathology at Victoria University in Melbourne.
The popular musician said she was hoping to pick up some gigs in Melbourne when the lockdown is over. She said there were some gigs in the pipeline but there was a lot of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I have found it quite hard as gigs are not being planned due to lockdown and when they are, they are usually cancelled later," Ms Moloney said.
"I have though just been using this time to try and write some music and learn new songs.
"I have been planning a gig with Regional Arts Victoria through their leaders program and it has already been cancelled once and we are hoping for it to go ahead next time once a date has been set."
Ms Moloney said she was incredibly grateful to her teachers at Mercy Regional College and Emmanuel College and the support she received from family and friends while completing her VCE.
She was one of just 297 students across the state who received an award.
Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated students on their efforts.
"These award winners are a testament to how well Victorian students, teachers and school communities adapted to the challenges of a global pandemic and still produced outstanding results," he said.