For Áine Finnegan the Leaving Certificate results were devastating.
Several members of her family work in the medical profession. She dreamed of following in their footsteps and wanted to study medicine at Trinity College.
She had put in the hard yards, doing work experience in hospitals, studying hard and consistently achieving high marks in her exams.
Aware how difficult it would be to get the necessary points, she persuaded her parents to allow her to transfer from her school in Drumcondra, Dublin, to the fee-paying Institute of Education.
She says they made huge sacrifices to send her there.
A high proportion of students from the Institute go on to study medicine.
But from Ms Finnegan's perspective, she was robbed of that opportunity by the calculated grades system introduced after the holding of exams was made impossible by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Agonisingly, she fell two points short.
Yesterday, she became the first Leaving Certificate student in the country to legally challenge the calculated grades system.
"This is devastating for me as I have been working towards this goal for a number of years," she said in an affidavit.
Her case could have far-reaching implications.
In judicial review proceedings, she is seeking an order quashing the decision to downgrade her teacher-estimated grades and a declaration the model used was unfair and contrary to law.
Her teachers had estimated she would get six H1s and one H2, enough to comfortably qualify for the course.
But for reasons unknown to her, three of those H1 grades were reduced to H2s under the calculated model.
She had consistently attained H1 scores in Spanish, Maths and English, the three subjects where her results were downgraded.
Other students are also considering legal challenges.
According to legal sources, a second case involving a student at another Dublin fee-paying school and a similar set of circumstances could be initiated in the coming days.
Some students from non fee-paying schools are also said to be considering cases, but lawyers expect the challenges will be spearheaded by students from private schools.
Whatever system was introduced to award grades, it was always likely there would be legal challenges, particularly when students could see disparities between what their teachers would have awarded them and what they ultimately got. A record 12,292 students have sought rechecks of their results.
But the particular issue which seems to be coming to the fore is the late decision not to take past historic performances of schools into account when calculating a student's final grades.
Most of those considering legal challenges are said to be students who believe they lost out on college places because the system did not take into account clusters of high achievers in the school they went to. The limitations of the appeal mechanism is also said to be pushing students to consider the legal route.
In Ms Finnegan's case, her counsel Michéal P O'Higgins SC said the State, having made the decision not to consider past school performance, did not appear to make corrections to the calculated grades process to take into account "clusters" where the majority of students in a class would achieve the highest grades.
He said his client was unsure what criteria was actually used by the State to estimate her grades.
In her affidavit, Ms Finnegan outlined the injustice she felt had been done to her. "My calculated grades came as a huge surprise and disappointment to me," she said.
"I cannot understand why I would have been downgraded based upon my academic attainment."
She had been studying at the Dominican College, where she enjoyed a very good relationship with her teachers and received A grades in her 10 Junior Certificate subjects.
Ms Finnegan said she "decided early on" she wanted to be a doctor and during transition year she did work experience at the Coombe, the Rotunda and Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin and was also selected for a placement at the Royal College of Surgeons.
She realised it would be necessary to achieve H1 grades in virtually all of her subjects in the Leaving Cert and persuaded her parents to let her transfer schools.
"The fees for the Institute are high and my parents made huge sacrifices for me to attend the school," she said.
The case returns to the High Court next week.