Premier Scholarship Award winners 2020

For 2020, 12 students gained Premier Awards. These students achieved at least four New Zealand Scholarships subjects, including three or more at Outstanding level. 

Eushin Kang

Hamilton Boys' High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Accounting, Biology, and Statistics

Scholarships: Chemistry, and Physics

Top Subject Scholar: Accounting

Eushin was Dux of Hamilton Boys’ High School in 2020, and he was also the Deputy Head Prefect (Head of Service). During his final year at high school, Eushin was Top in Year 13 for Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, and Statistics and Modelling. Outside of the classroom, Eushin is an avid Chess player and debater. He was Captain of Hamilton Boys’ High School’s Chess team that finished third at the national event twice. In his role of Deputy Head Prefect, Eushin organised a Shave for a Cure event that raised $21,000. He was also President of his school’s Leo Service Club. This year, Eushin is studying Health Sciences at the University of Otago, with a goal of specialising in Emergency Medicine.

 

Brian Kim

Westlake Boy's High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, English, and Geography

Scholarships: Biology, Health and Physical Education, History, Physics, and Statistics

Brian was a Senior Prefect and named Proxime Accessit of Westlake Boys’ High School. As a Senior Prefect, Brian led the Academic Council and Charity Council. He has been a key member of the Premier Advanced Debating Team and involved in a variety of sports, particularly football, representing his school up to the top division. During his time at Westlake Boys’ High School, Brian was placed first overall for five consecutive years. For his academic achievement, he was the recipient of the University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship, the University of Otago Academic Excellence Scholarship, and the University of Sydney Chancellor's Award. An avid violinist, Brian was involved in both orchestra and chamber groups, including playing in the KBB Honors Orchestra. He also provided tutoring for junior students through peer tutoring and study breakfast programmes. Externally, Brian attended the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum and volunteered as a musician at his local church. This year, Brian is studying a combined Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine course at the University of Sydney.

 

Rohan Kumar

Hutt International Boys' School

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

Scholarships: Biology, and English

Rohan was named Dux of Hutt International Boys’ School. Rohan is a skilled communicator and was a valued member of the Premier A Debating team. He received the Outstanding Contribution to Senior Debating award in 2019. Outside of the classroom, Rohan assisted with a lunchtime programme at a local primary school and was a Tutor Group leader. He is also an avid sportsman, involved with football, badminton and Seido Karate, even coaching junior students at his school. This year, Rohan is studying a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland with a goal of specialising in Chemical and Materials Engineering or Mechatronics Engineering.

 

John-Paul Lay

Christ's College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, English, and Media Studies

Scholarships: Calculus, Classical Studies, History, Physics, and Statistics

Top Subject Scholar: Chemistry

John-Paul was Proxime Accessit and Academic Prefect of Christ’s College in 2020. As Academic Prefect, he set up a peer tutoring program for students. During his time at Christ’s College, he was very involved with sporting and cultural activities, including senior debating, chamber orchestra, and football. John-Paul was Captain of the Senior Debating team, played in the orchestra for three school productions, and was a member of Christ’s College 1st XI football team. This year, John-Paul is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Canterbury, after gaining direct entry into the second year. His future goals include doing research in the renewable energy field.

 

Yuxin Li

Westlake Boy's High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics

Scholarships: Biology, and Statistics

Yuxin is a highly academic student. In 2017, he won a Gold Certificate in the Language Perfect Championships and won a High Distinction in the International Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ) in 2019. That same year, Yuxin received a Bronze Award in the Maths Olympiad and a Gold Award in the Chemistry Olympiad. Yuxin placed second in the Auckland Science Case Study Competition and was selected for the Chemistry Olympiad training camp. Outside of the classroom, he represented his school in badminton and dragon boating, winning first and second place in events at the Auckland Regional Dragon Boating Championships. Yuxin is also a talented musician who has performed with the highly acclaimed Symphonic Band. He is currently studying Health Sciences at the University of Otago to pursue a career in the medical field.

 

Raymond Luo

Westlake Boy's High School

Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics

Scholarships: Biology, English, and Statistics

Raymond has received numerous awards throughout his time at Westlake Boys’ High School. In 2016, he achieved High Distinction in the Australian Maths Competition as well as a Language Perfect Silver Award. The following year he received a Language Perfect Gold Certificate and another High Distinction in the Australian Maths Competition. Raymond earned a Distinction in Level 1 Digital Technology programming in 2018 and a High Distinction in the International Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ) in 2019. Raymond is an accomplished musician who performed with the highly acclaimed Symphonic Band, winning Silver Awards in 2018 and 2019 at the KBB Music Festival. He also holds commendable leadership skills, evident in his roles as a Study Breakfast Tutor and Student Maths and Reading Tutor at a local primary school. This year, Raymond is studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland.

 

Cameron Senior

Rangitoto College

Outstanding Scholarships: English, History, and Health and Physical Education

Scholarships: Art History, Biology, and Calculus

Cameron has performed at a high level in a range of academic settings whilst at Rangitoto College and received numerous awards as a Year 12 student in recognition of his success. He is also very involved with extracurricular activities at Rangitoto College. Cameron plays the alto saxophone and is the lead alto player for both the big band and concert band. He also performs in a jazz band and is a member of a new saxophone quartet at his school. Cameron also volunteers as a Red Cross leader, Amnesty International leader, junior debating coach, and was the manager in the committee organising UNICEF's annual youth charity ball in Auckland. Cameron is currently studying towards NCEA Level 3 as well as more New Zealand Scholarships. Beyond secondary school, he wishes to attend university and pursue a rewarding career that makes a positive impact on both people and the environment.

 

Friederike Voit

Rangitoto College

Outstanding Scholarships: Art History, English, Religious Studies, and Statistics

Scholarships: Biology, Classical Studies, History, and Health and Physical Education

Top Subject Scholar: Art History

Friederike was named Dux of Rangitoto College in 2020 in recognition of her achievements, including maintaining a perfect 100 GPA across all her subjects. She was the 2019 Top Subject Scholar for Art History and was awarded the University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship. Beyond academics, Friederike was actively involved in debating. Her team was a finalist at the 2020 New Zealand Schools’ Debating Nationals, where she was highly commended. Friederike also coached and adjudicated for new debaters. She has played both flute and piccolo in various orchestras, bands, and musicals. This year, Friederike is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History at the University of Auckland.

 

Irene Xue

Glendowie College

Outstanding Scholarships: Biology, Economics, and Statistics

Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, English, and Physics

Irene was co-recipient of the 2020 Dux Award, was the Academic and Arts Prefect and leader of the School Academic Tutoring Programme at Glendowie College. She was also named winner of the General Excellence in Year 13 Cup, awarded the Ralph Charlton Mathematics Award and the Senior Science Cup. Irene’s involvement in the co-curricular arts, leadership and sports programmes of the college was equally impressive. She was a member of the underwater hockey and table tennis teams, and played piano and viola. She participated in the String Orchestra and was the leader in her final year. Away from school, Irene volunteered her free time to being a Kidsline peer phone counsellor, a member of the Orakei Youth Council and Amnesty International. This year, Irene is studying towards a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biology and Economics at the University of Sydney, with future goals to be a Doctor of Medicine..

 

Yi Fan (George) Yang

Westlake Boy's High School

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

Scholarships: Calculus, and Classical Studies   

Top Subject Scholar: Earth and Space Science

George was named Dux of Westlake Boys’ High School in 2020. He was awarded the Top Achiever Scholarship from the University of Auckland and the Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Otago. During his time at Westlake Boys’ High School, George was awarded several academic awards. These included being placed First in Level 2 Science Extension, First in Maths with Statistics Extension, Second in Year 12 in 2019 and Second in Year 13 last year. Outside of the classroom, George was a valued member of the Chess team, where he was the Chess Team Leader and won Bronze at the North Shore Chess Championships. He was also on the Future Problem Solving Group and placed First in the Senior Division at the Future Problem Solving National Championships. The following year, George represented New Zealand in the World Championships. This year, George is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland, with future goals to enter the medical school program beginning in 2022.

 

Xinyi (Angela) Yang

Macleans College

Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Chinese, Physics, and Statistics

Scholarships: Calculus, and Spanish

Angela was Dux of Macleans College in 2020 and awarded the University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship. She was a valued member of the Premier Debating team and was selected to attend the training camp for the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad. For the past three years, Angela has volunteered at Howick Baptist Healthcare as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. In 2019, she represented Macleans College at the National Spanish Debate competition. Her study of Spanish enabled her to go on an overseas exchange trip to Argentina. This year, Angela is studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and Finance, under the Double Degree Medicine Program at the University of Sydney. Her future goal is to be a frontline medical worker, with a holistic understanding of the world.

 

Will Zheng

Auckland Grammar School

Outstanding Scholarships: English, Geography, and History

Scholarships: Economics, Media Studies, and Health and Physical Education

Will is an able academic who has achieved extraordinary success. He was a School Prefect in 2020 and leader of the Asian Cultural Group, which included the organisation of performances and volunteer tutoring. Actively engaged in music, Will played violin in the Symphony Orchestra, in the Grammar Virtuosi, and led the Chamber Orchestra in 2020. He was a member of the school magazine editorial team, the Interact Group, and the Headmaster's International Committee. Will was also involved with Auckland Grammar School’s Duke of Edinburgh programme and debating. This year, Will is studying towards a Conjoint Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney. He hopes to enter either the legal profession or corporate world in Asia.

 
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