Premier Scholarship Award winners 2016

For 2016, 10 students gained Premier Awards. These students achieved at least five New Zealand Scholarships subjects, including four or more at Outstanding level.


Geoffrey Berntsen

Lindisfarne College

Outstanding Scholarships: Agriculture and Horticultural Science, Accounting, Geography, and Economics

Scholarships: Statistics and Media Studies

Geoffrey was awarded Dux of Lindisfarne College in 2016. With a passion for the worlds of business and finance, he was the grand winner of the National Treasury Challenge in 2016, and scored first place in the National ANZ Business Challenge in 2016. As part of his academic extension work, he completed a paper through the University of Canterbury. Geoffrey is passionate about the primary industries, and plans to pursue a career path in this field. He is studying a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University, majoring in Farm Management with a minor in Finance. Geoffrey is a talented fly fisher, and has represented New Zealand on the international stage. He also enjoys photography to express his creative side.


Carlos Aguilera Cortes

Auckland Grammar School

Outstanding Scholarships: English, Spanish, Chemistry and Physics

Scholarships: French and Geography

Top Subject Scholar: English and Spanish

Carlos was a Prefect in 2016, as well as a member of Scholars Proceres Grammatici, the elite group of promising scholars, earning himself a place on the 2016 Auckland Grammar School Honours Board. He received a silver medal in the International Young Physicists Tournament in 2016, and was a member of the programming group, as well as the electronics club. He is a capable swimmer, and was part of the fastest relay swim team to complete the English Channel swim in 2015. He also enjoys writing poetry, learning languages, and playing bridge. Carlos is studying Engineering at the University of Auckland, and hopes to travel to Germany after graduating.


Yiannis Fam

Wellington College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, and Economics

Scholarships: Biology, and Accounting

Yiannis gained this Premier Award as a Year 12 student. By 2016, Yiannis had achieved NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3, with Excellence endorsements. Yiannis was a member of the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad team which went to Hong Kong in 2016, where he gained a bronze medal. This year, Yiannis will complete Year 13, and plans to attend Cambridge University in 2018. He also hopes to be selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2017, and will be joining the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad team that will travel to Rio de Janeiro this year. Yiannis is a keen badminton and football player, and an active member of the community; he is a peer tutor, and a volunteer at the Wellington City Mission.


In Gyu (Lucas) Lee

Macleans College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, and Accounting Scholarships: English, Geography, and Economics

In Gyu was awarded Dux of Macleans College for 2016. He undertook an Accelerated Mathematics paper through the University of Auckland and received a bronze medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in 2016, held in Tbilisi, Georgia. He came first in the New Zealand Economics Competition in 2016, and attended the 2016 XLAB International Science Camp held in Germany. He was House Captain and School Prefect, a member of the Boys Choir, and is a skilled bassoonist. In Gyu is a volunteer tutor and a keen debater. He went backpacking across South-East Asia early this year, and will be studying Applied Mathematics- Economics at Harvard University from August.


Christopher Mayo

Hamilton Boys’ High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Calculus, and Classical Studies

Scholarships: English and Media Studies

Top Subject Scholar: Chemistry

In 2016 Christopher was a Prefect, and awarded Dux of Hamilton Boys’ High School. He was a member of the chess team, the premier debating team, and took part in the Model UN. As part of an extension programme he took a course through Waikato University. Christopher is a talented musician, playing electric keyboard and trombone, and over the last few years has become a private tutor, guiding students through the Guildhall examinations. He was runner-up at the 2016 New Zealand’s Next Top Engineering Scientist Competition, and came first in the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Competition in 2015. This year Christopher is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland.


Sebastian On

Wellington College

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

Scholarships: Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Economics and Statistics

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus

Scholarships: Biology, and Physical Education

Sebastian was the Head Prefect and Dux of Wellington College in 2016. He met the requirements of NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Excellence endorsement as a Year 11 student, at the end of 2014. Sebastian is an active member in the community as a soup kitchen volunteer, and he was a peer support leader at Wellington College. In 2017, he was one of the leaders organising the World Vision Runathon, which earned a record donation. Sebastian was Captain of the Senior A Tennis team and was recognised by the school for his contribution to tennis. He was also Captain of the Senior B Basketball team. This year Sebastian is studying Health Sciences at Otago University.


Kevin Shen

St Kentigern College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus

Kevin was an International Baccalaureate Dux medallist for 2016, and was this year offered the ‘Top Achiever Scholarship’ from the University of Auckland in recognition of his academic ability. In 2016 he was the Vice President of the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad Students Association, and went on to receive an honourable mention at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Kevin is also a member of the premier chess team, and enjoys playing badminton and piano. This year, Kevin is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Science majoring in Mathematics at the University of Auckland, and plans to pursue postgraduate study overseas.


Oliver Sutcliffe

Wellington College

Outstanding Scholarships: Physics, Statistics, Geography, and Classical Studies

Scholarships: English, Chemistry, Calculus, and History

Top Subject Scholar: Classical Studies

In 2015 Oliver completed NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 with Excellence endorsements for every subject. In 2016, Oliver pursued subjects through Cambridge and International Baccalaureate, as well as taking a mathematics paper with the University of Auckland. Oliver is a keen footballer and, with a coaching qualification, he coached and managed the junior football team. He was also acting Captain for the 3rd XI. Oliver is a talented musician, playing both the guitar and piano. He volunteers at the Wellington soup kitchen and writes poetry in his spare time.


Yan (Tina) Zhang

Kristin School

Outstanding Scholarships: Physics, Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Media Studies, and Geography

Scholarships: Earth and Space Science, Calculus, and Classical Studies

Top Scholar: Agricultural and Horticultural Science

Yan was awarded the Dux of Kristin School for 2016. She was the winner of the Australian Mathematics Competition, achieving a perfect score in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Mathematics, making her the top in New Zealand. Yan was the National Champion of the University of Auckland Deloitte Management Consulting Club Secondary Schools Case Competition, and came second in New Zealand’s Next Top Engineering Scientist Competition. Yan is interested in web development, programming, and especially physics. She is also a talented violinist, a keen graphic designer and illustrator, and a writer. In 2017 Yan will be enrolling at the California Institute of Technology to pursue her goal to become an engineer and researcher.


Yibin (Ben) Zhang

Macleans College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus

Scholarships: English, Biology, Earth and Space Science, Media Studies, and Physical Education

Top Scholar: Physics

Yibin was awarded Dux of Macleans College as a Year 12 student in 2016. This year he is in Year 13, and as the Deputy Head Boy of Macleans College, will organise and lead the prefect and student body throughout the year. Yibin received a Bronze Medal at the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2016. This year he will be attending the New Zealand Biology Olympiad training camp. He is a member of the Macleans Symphony Orchestra and Senior Concert Band, and Captain of the Premier Tennis team. Yibin participated in the 2016 Model UN, and is also a volunteer Kidsline phone counsellor.

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