Top stu­dents do school proud

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

When the gloves come off, Mt Roskill Gram­mar School has a lot to be proud of.

Ev­ery year the decile four school punches above its weight aca­dem­i­cally.

This year stu­dents won 75 schol­ar­ships based on last year’s NCEA re­sults, in­clud­ing 18 at out­stand­ing level.

For­mer stu­dent Ti­mothy Vo­gel gained six schol­ar­ship passes alone, in­clud­ing four out­stand­ing schol­ar­ships.

He is also the top chem­istry stu­dent in New Zealand.

The Mt Roskill res­i­dent is one of 10 stu­dents in the coun­try to re­ceive a premier award that will be pre­sented to him at the Top Scholar Awards at Gov­ern­ment House in Welling­ton on May 14.

“I was very sur­prised with that. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see Gov­ern­ment House and meet the other premier schol­ars.”

Al­most 9000 stu­dents sat the schol­ar­ship ex­am­i­na­tions across New Zealand.

Less than a third of them re­ceived awards, rang­ing from $500 for a sin­gle sub­ject schol­ar­ship pass, to $30,000 paid over three years for a premier award.

Tim is now at uni­ver­sity study­ing for a com­merce and en­gi­neer­ing de­gree and says al­though he’s not sure what field of en­gi­neer­ing to pur­sue he’s al­ready looking at post­grad­u­ate study.

“Hav­ing a tal­ent to be able to learn quickly is one thing, but it also takes hard work and prepa­ra­tion – prob­a­bly a bit of luck too.”

Tim says he looked up to a pre­vi­ous premier scholar from Mt Roskill Gram­mar, Chuang Zheng Lee, and knows there will be stu­dents at the col­lege who will be aim­ing to match or even ex­ceed his achieve­ments.

“Peer sup­port is very strong and every­one seems to be in­cluded.

“The class be­fore us did quite well. They set the bar so our school knows what it takes and what the stan­dards are. Oth­er­wise it could seem quite in­tim­i­dat­ing.”

Prin­ci­pal Greg Wat­son says the high level of achieve­ment at the school is tes­ti­mony to the hard work of stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents.

“The whole com­mu­nity can be very proud of th­ese young schol­ars and the strength and depth of what they have achieved.”

Top marks: For­mer Mt Roskill Gram­mar stu­dent Ti­mothy Vo­gel came top in the coun­try for NCEA chem­istry and is one of 10 premier schol­ars in New Zealand.

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