Top stu­dents win univer­sity schol­ar­ships

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

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.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Fern Booker, 18, Tane­sha Simeon, 17, Clau­dia Og­den, 17, Matt Getz, 17, re­ceived schol­ar­ships to Univer­sity of Otago.

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