Premier Scholarship Award winners 2019

For 2019, 12 students gained Premier Awards. These students achieved at least four New Zealand Scholarships subjects, including three or more at Outstanding level.

 

Liam Anderson

Wellington College

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Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, and Statistics

Scholarships: Biology, Calculus, English, and Health and Physical Education

Top Subject Scholar: Spanish

Liam was co-Dux of Wellington College in 2019. As a School Prefect, he was heavily involved in tutoring and mentoring other students, especially in Mathematics and as a Science Lab technician. Liam is a four-time consecutive award winner of the NIWA Science and Technology Fair, winning six prizes in total. Out of the classroom, Liam is a senior cellist in the College’s orchestra and is also a tutor for the Wellington Music Centre. This year, Liam is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University of Wellington with a double major in Chemistry and Physics, with his eyes on studying a PhD in Chemistry in the future.

 

George Bates

King's High School

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Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, and Statistics

Scholarships: English, and Physics

George Bates earned his Premier Award as a Year 12 student. This year he is the Head Boy of King’s High School. Last year, he was the school’s Top Year 12 Academic, and in 2018 he was awarded his NCEA Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Excellence Endorsement Blues in one year. Outside of the classroom, he is involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities and sports. He is an accomplished middle-distance runner, competing in both Athletics and Cross-Country events, as well as a member of the First XI Football Team that placed fourth at the National Secondary School’s Football Tournament. He has an active interest in the welfare and wellbeing of others, especially Juniors at his school. This year, George is continuing to study at King’s High School, broadening his interests in other academic areas.

 

Noah Ferguson-Dudding

Rangitoto College

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

Scholarships: Art History, and History

Noah was awarded Summa Cum Laude at Rangitoto College last year, in recognition of his academic success that spreads across a range of subjects. He was also awarded his college’s Statistics Cup. Noah is a talented musician who was a key member of the award winning Rangitoto Big Band. Alongside this, he also performed in the concert band and a range of school choirs. He has contributed to the wider life of the school in his volunteer work and through his role as UNICEF leader. This year, Noah is studying towards a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts conjoint at the University of Auckland. He hopes to work in the film industry as a writer or director.

 

William Han

Macleans College

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Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Physics, and Statistics

Scholarships: Chemistry, Economics, English, Health and Physical Education, and History

William was the Dux of Macleans College in 2019, and the Proxime Accessit in 2018. He was also a School Prefect. William was selected to represent New Zealand at the International Mathematics Olympiad in each of the last three years, where he won a silver medal and two bronze. In addition, he was first in the New Zealand Senior Mathematics Competition. Outside of the classroom, William was a volunteer leader of the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad Committee and led maths workshops for younger students on the weekends. This year, William is travelling; he is currently in Australia, with plans to visit South East Asia.

 

Tessa Herkt

Rangitoto College

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Outstanding Scholarships: Art History, Classical Studies, History, and Media Studies

Scholarships: English, Health and Physical Education, and Statistics

Tessa was named Dux of Rangitoto College in 2019, as well as Deputy Head Girl and Academic Committee Leader. She was involved in a range of extra-curricular activities during her time. This included representing her school in Cross Country, Athletics, and Debating, whilst also being a member of many clubs, including Amnesty International, the Journalism club and the Philosophy Club.  She was also an active member of their Singlets and Minuettes Choirs. Beyond this, Tessa also volunteers for the Red Cross and has an interest in writing. This year, she is studying Global Studies and towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland.

 

Joyce Hu

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

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Outstanding Scholarships: Biology, English, and History

Scholarships: Classical Studies, Geography, Health and Physical Education, and Statistics

Joyce was named Waikato Diocesan School for Girls’ Proxime Accessit in 2019. She was Head of Academics (Prefect) the same year. Joyce was the Board of Trustees Student Representative for 2017-2018, whilst also being heavily involved in school debating and mooting. In her debating, she was part of the school team that won multiple Waikato Regional Debating Tournaments, and for her mooting, she was a member of the team that placed 2nd at the National Secondary Schools’ Mooting Competition in 2019. Outside the classroom, Joyce trained in club gymnastics and tutored other students. This year, she is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland.

 

Mukund Karthik

Botany Downs Secondary School

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Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics

Scholarships: Accounting

Mukund was named Dux of Botany Downs Secondary School in 2019, he was also the Deputy Head Boy. In addition to being  recognised on the College Academic Honour Roll in each of his last four years,  Mukund has also been awarded several scholarships including the University of Sydney Vice Chancellors, and the University of Auckland Top Achiever. Mukund was well known for his leadership and service in the areas of Enviroschools and Debating as well as engaging in voluntary work at Kidsline. He has been involved in a variety of sports, most notably for basketball, badminton and cricket. This year, Mukund is studying a combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine course at the University of Sydney, while working as an academic tutor.

 

Tiana Mayo

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

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Outstanding Scholarships: Biology, Economics, and History

Scholarships: Chemistry, English, and Statistics

Tiana was Dux of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. A talented orator, she was involved in debating, the Model United Nations Conference, and she was a member of the Academic Council; Tiana was named ‘Most Promising Debater’ at the Waikato Regional Debating Tournament. She was awarded the University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi Scholarship, as well as the University of Otago Dux Scholarship. This year, Tiana is studying towards her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science conjoint degree, majoring in Computer Science, at the University of Waikato.

 

Ethan Ng

Burnside High School

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Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics

Scholarships: Accounting, Earth and Space Science, and Economics

Top Subject Scholar: Calculus

Ethan was Dux of Burnside High School in 2019; which he attained at age 14. He has been described as a: “Once in a generation mathematician,” as he was fast tracked from Year 8 to Year 12 in 2018. Ethan gained first place in the New Zealand Senior Mathematics Competition in 2019 and, in 2018, was also awarded Top in Year 12 at Burnside High School. Outside of the classroom, he was very involved with the school’s robotics club, as well as volunteering at Merrin Primary School to help with the development of their robotics club. This year, Ethan is representing New Zealand at the 2020 International Mathematical Olympiad, with plans to study at the University of Canterbury doing a double degree in Mechatronics and Mathematics in 2021.

 

Nicholas Patel

Wellington College

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Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics

Scholarships: Biology

Nicholas was co-Dux of Wellington College in 2019. He also served as a College prefect, leading the student tutoring team and building up the programme to help over 100 students. Nicholas won an New Zealand Scholarship Outstanding Scholar Award in 2018. He obtained the highest mark in New Zealand in the 2019 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Mathematics competition, placed second in the 2019 Casio Senior Mathematics Competition and was a New Zealand prize winner for the Australian Mathematics Competition in 2018 and 2019. This year Nicholas is enrolled for a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland, where he received a Top Achiever Scholarship in recognition of his academic results and leadership potential.

 

Yash Shahri

Botany Downs Secondary School

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Outstanding Scholarships: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, and Statistics

Scholarships: Physics

Yash was Proxime Accessit of Botany Downs Secondary College in 2019 as well as a Lead Student. He gained distinction for his leadership roles and extensive service to the College Library and Enviroschool groups. Yash also won a co-curricular gold award recognising his leadership of the Stage Challenge group that won the regional and national competitions in 2017. Outside of the classroom, he played badminton and also enjoyed dancing. Yash was awarded a University of Auckland Top Achiever scholarship and is now studying Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland.

 

Raymond Zhang

Rangitoto College

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Outstanding Scholarships: Chemistry, Health and Physical Education, and Statistics

Scholarships: Calculus, English, and Physics

Raymond graduated as Summa Cum Laude from Rangitoto College and was awarded the school’s Medal of Excellence in Leadership. He achieved high success in a range of academic and leadership domains, which included leading the Rangitoto College Service Committee. Raymond has worked alongside many charitable organisations including Shave for a Cure, World Vision 40 Hour Famine and Auckland City Mission to support those in need. He advocates for a range of human rights groups and is actively involved in sport and the wider community. This year he is studying Engineering at the University of Auckland.

 
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