HPC stu­dent awarded na­tional grant


A Hau­raki Plains Col­lege stu­dent has been named as one of five re­cip­i­ents of the New Zealand Schol­ar­ship Grant.

The grant, launched by Crim­son Ed­u­ca­tion, was de­signed to pro­vide re­cip­i­ents with tu­tor­ing, ex­pert ad­vice and re­sources to per­form at their very best in up­com­ing NCEA and New Zealand Schol­ar­ship Ex­am­i­na­tions (NZSE). The pro­gram will con­nect each of the re­cip­i­ents to a schol­ar­ship strate­gist, as well as men­tor­ing, tu­tor­ing and a range of ser­vices of­fered to pre­pare stu­dents for the end of year ex­ams.

Year 13 stu­dent Isaac Heron, 17, said he was re­ally happy to be named as the re­cip­i­ent.

He and one other from HPC filled in ap­pli­ca­tions and at­tended in­ter­views for the award. Stu­dents were in­ter­viewed and se­lected for the grant based on po­ten­tial to suc­ceed, pas­sion for sub­jects, drive to do well and whether there was a fo­cus on giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Be­cause I now have 20 hours of tu­tor­ing I have added three sub­jects, English, chem­istry and earth and space sci­ence, to my NZSE list .’’ he said.

Isaac was tak­ing ex­ams in bi­ol­ogy, cal­cu­lus, eco­nom­ics and Span­ish.

He will be study­ing a law and sci­ence de­gree as he is in­ter­ested in the fields of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence and ge­net­ics.

HPC aca­demic dean Joy Carter said Isaac had been in­volved in the Young En­ter­prise pro­gramme and played ten­nis and hockey for his school.

‘‘He is a highly mo­ti­vated stu­dent who per­forms in a league of his own aca­dem­i­cally. Be­ing a stu­dent in a re­gional area comes with a unique set of chal­lenges, so to see him equipped with ad­di­tional re­sources to suc­ceed in the up­com­ing NZQA ex­ams is truly up­lift­ing,’’ she said.

HPC prin­ci­pal Ngaire Har­ris said the school had just been no­ti­fied Isaac had been placed first out of 2526 stu­dents in the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Na­tional Eco­nom­ics Com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘This is a re­mark­able achieve­ment given Isaac has been learn­ing eco­nom­ics by cor­re­spon­dence,’’ she said.

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