Top students win university scholarships
Five Kaiko¯ura High School students have received scholarships to University of Otago to help them on their career paths.
Principal John Tait said it was an outstanding achievement to get five scholarships to the University of Otago. To date they still hadn’t heard how many other students had received them from other universities.
‘‘It’s not often schools this small achieve this success,’’ he said.
‘‘Students have to compete with others from large cities, and they only give scholarships out if they see really outstanding success in students’ schooling.
‘‘I’m really proud of the kids - it’s all about self belief.’’
School prefects Tanesha Simeon, 17, Matt Getz, 17, Claudia Ogden, 17 and Fern Booker, 18, received scholarships, along with former prefect Nadia Green who left school last year intending to have a gap year before starting university.
As last year’s dux, the highachiever would have automatically qualified for an University of Otago scholarship. Green said she wanted to take a gap year first to get some real work experience before spending the next four years’ studying.
Her goal was to take the firstyear foundation course in health science and then branch into medical laboratory science, so she can study microbiology and immunology.
Getz, Booker, Green and Ogden received a University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship worth $6000 to be used in his first year. Getz was awarded it because of the leadership roles he had undertaken and his high academic results.
Getz has been deputy head boy twice, and captain of Braddock House. He’d been a leader in the Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support (CACTUS) programme and was captain of the school basketball and rugby teams.
Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarships are granted depending on students academic ability, leadership potential, sporting and/or cultural involvement and their contribution to the community.
Getz will use the money toward his first year’s accommodation cost, when he starts his four-year programme toward a physical education (PE ) degree.
Ogden who is also studying PE, is hoping to specialise in nutrition. The secretary of the student council, a leader in CACTUS programme, and a Young Enterprise leader said the $6000 would be really helpful.
Booker was chair of the student council, captain of Cook House and recipient of the Diversity Award at the Kaiko¯ura Youth Awards. She had her sights on the highly competitive field of medicine, but said she will go in with an open mind and her final choice will depend on what areas of study she enjoys next year.
Simeon will be joining Booker to study health science.
Simeon received the Tu¯ Kahika Scholarship which supports Maori students. The University of Otago’s Tu¯ Kahika Scholarship is part of the health sciences programme, which prepares Ma¯ori students academically for their first year of tertiary study and a future career in Ma¯ori health.
Fern Booker, 18, Tanesha Simeon, 17, Claudia Ogden, 17, Matt Getz, 17, received scholarships to University of Otago.