Thursday May 10, 2018
Scots College alumnus best of Wellington’s high achievers
Wellington College’s three Premier Award winners Michael O’Brien, Roman Dunford and Barnard Patel share a selfie with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. PHOTO: Supplied
Prime Minister’s Award winner Andrew Tang, formerly of Scots College, with Jacinda Ardern. PHOTO: Supplied
in October. Wellington College’s recipients also achieved extraordinary academic excellence. Roman received the school’s Rhodes Scholarship in 2017 and was awarded the Arthur W Griffin Prize for Excellence in Modern Languages. Michael won a University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship this year and also received the McAloon Prize for Senior English Literature and the Sefton Adams Essay prize recognising his writing talent.
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Barnard was Dux of Wellington College in 2017, and also received the Mackay Scholarship and the JR Cuddie Memorial Medal. That year, he represented New Zealand at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong and was awarded a medal for first in New Zealand for the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools Science competition in 2017. All three ex-students had received the Year 13 Advanced Studies Award with Distinction, ranking them among the top 15 academic students.
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Wellington students were well represented when New Zealand’s top academic achievers of last year were recognised at a special ceremony at Parliament last week. Eleven students from around the country received Premier Scholarship Awards. These students achieved at least four New Zealand Scholarships subjects, including three or more at Outstanding level. Of those, five were from Wellington: Michael O’Brien, Roman Dunford and Barnard Patel of Wellington College, Hamish Weir of Onslow College and Andrew Tang of Scots College. However, Andrew stood out by being named the winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence. The former Scots College Dux and Head of Senior School received the award from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for having the most outstanding examination results and the highest overall academic excellence of all the Premier Award winners. Andrew achieved Outstanding Scholarships in accounting, chemistry, economics, geography, Physical education and physics, and scholarships in agricultural and horticultural science, biology, calculus, English, media studies and statistics. He is currently studying science and commerce at the University of Auckland. He has recently been awarded the prestigious Girdlers’ Scholarship which will enable him to study economics at Cambridge University’s Corpus Christi College
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