Top Scholar Awards Ceremony
New Zealand Scholarship examinations assess students against challenging standards and are demanding for the most able students. NZQA celebrated the success of the highest-achieving New Zealand Scholarship students at the annual Top Scholar Awards Ceremony hosted at Parliament on 3 May 2017.
The awards recognised the elite students who make up the 2016 Premier Award and Top Subject Scholarship Award winners. Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye also announced the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence: Christopher Mayo, formerly of Hamilton Boys' High School.
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.
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.
Outstanding Scholarships: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics
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.
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.
Top Subject Scholarship Award winners 2016
The top candidate in each Scholarship subject is awarded a Top Subject Scholar Award.