Premier Scholarship Award winners 2015

For 2015, 9 students gained Premier Awards. These students achieved at least three New Zealand Scholarship subjects at Outstanding level, with an overall total of at least five Scholarships, in addition to one or more top 10 placing.

Amaan Merchant

Wanganui High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Economics, Physics and Statistics

Scholarships: Calculus, Earth and Space Science and Music

Top Subject Scholar: Statistics

Amaan was Dux of Wanganui High School in 2015. He received the First in Course Award for Maths 153 – an accelerated mathematics course for high achieving secondary school students run by the University of Auckland – and was a winner of the New Zealand’s Next Top Engineering Scientist competition. Amaan is currently pursuing a conjoint Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degree in applied mathematics, finance and economics at the University of Auckland. He is interested in pursuing a career in the finance industry, or working as an economist.

Hugo Brown

Phoebe Cliggord

St Paul’s Collegiate School

Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics and Statistics

Scholarships: Accounting, Biology and Economics

In his time at secondary school, Hugo was awarded a University of Auckland scholarship for Engineering, achieved a bronze medal at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad and was awarded the Katrina L Ward Cup as Dux of St Paul’s Collegiate School. Hugo was a House Prefect, is a National Secondary Schools squash champion, a member of the school’s rowing and shooting teams and represented New Zealand at the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland.

James Hartshorn

Wellington College

Outstanding Scholarships: English, Geography, Physical Education and Statistics

Scholarship: Biology, History and Physics

Top Subject Scholar: Physical Education

James was the Wellington College Dux in 2015. A keen cricketer, he was a member of the Wellington College First XI, the college senior cricketer of the year and represented Wellington at Under 17 and Under 19 level. He was Head of Arts and Culture, Deputy Head Prefect and a Premier A debater. He was the recipient of the College Mother’s award for all round excellence in arts and sport in 2015. James is presently studying law, politics, history and English at the University of Otago.  

Martin Luk

King’s College

Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, English, Physics and Statistics

Scholarship: Chemistry, Economics and French

Martin was the Dux and Deputy Head Prefect of King’s College in 2015. He was the winner of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Monetary Policy Challenge in 2015, received two honourable mentions at the International Mathematical Olympiad and is a previous winner of the New Zealand Young Physicists’ Tournament. Martin follows a number of sporting and cultural interests and hopes to travel overseas before pursuing plans to read Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge or an Ivy League University.

Oxana Repina

Rutherford College

Outstanding Scholarships: Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Geography and Statistics

Scholarship: Physics

Top Subject Scholar: Agricultural and Horticultural Science and Earth and Space Science

Oxana returns to the Top Scholar Awards, having featured as part of last year’s ceremony. She placed second overall in the 2015 International Geography Olympiad and has previously won the New Zealand Geographic “Young Photographer of the Year”. Passionate about the outdoors, Oxana volunteers her time to environmental work and was recently part of the Young Blake Expedition to the Sub-Antarctic. She is studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Sydney and hopes to work in field research and policy management around climate change, water quality and wildlife conservation.


Soumil Singh

Hamilton Boys’ High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, Media Studies and Physics

Scholarships: Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Economics and Statistics

Soumil consistently placed at the very top academically during his time at Hamilton Boys’ High School. In 2015 he was both the Dux and Head Prefect – a feat only seen once in the school’s history. Soumil was selected as a Model United Nations delegate to both Harvard and Yale and as a member of the NASA Space Camp delegation. He was a member of the school choir, First XI cricket team, captained the Premier Table Tennis team, and dedicated his time to tutoring younger students, running academic workshops for exam preparation and computer science classes at his old intermediate school.

Thomas (Tommy) Hayes

Auckland Grammar School

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Geography, Latin and Statistics

Scholarships: Earth and Space Science and Physics

Top Subject Scholar: Latin

Tommy Hayes placed on the Academic Honours Board at Auckland Grammar School in 2014 and 2015 and is part of Proceres Grammatici, the school’s elite group of most promising scholars. He has represented New Zealand at the World Orienteering Championships, was the 2015 Oceania under 18 Orienteering Champion and ASB Young Sportsman of the Year for orienteering. Tommy is studying a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland and hopes to one day undertake post-graduate studies at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

Zhengzhe (George) Han

Westlake Boys’ High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, English, Physics and Statistics

Scholarships: Economics and Media Studies

George was the Westlake Boys’ High School Deputy Head Boy and Academic Captain in 2015. He has achieved to an exceptional level throughout his school career – particularly in mathematics. He has represented New Zealand in the International Mathematical Olympiad since 2012, competing overseas and winning silver and bronze medals. He was also in the school Premier Debating team, has won the MCC Secondary Schools Case Competition, the Environmental Entrepreneurial Competition and the New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers’ Association Economics Competition. He intends to study mathematics in the United States.

Zhong Qian Huang

Macleans College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Economics, Physics and Statistics

Scholarships: Biology, English and Geography

Zhong was a School Prefect, Rutherford House Academic Captain and Dux of Macleans College in 2015. Excelling in all three fields of science throughout his time at school, Zhong represented New Zealand at the International Biology Olympiad in Denmark, winning a silver medal. His other interests include basketball, badminton, athletics, Young Enterprise and technology. He is currently studying Engineering at the University of Auckland and hopes to bring new inventions to the world in the future.

 

 
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