Big tick for Ly­dia in English exam

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A tal­ent for lan­guage has seen Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Ly­dia Velt­man re­ceive top marks in an in­ter­na­tional English com­pe­ti­tion.

With the high­est score for year 12 students in New Zealand, Ly­dia will be awarded a medal from the Univer­sity of New South Wales.

Prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell said it was “as­ton­ish­ing” to have one of his students achieve such a high mark.

“We have had kids who have done re­ally well be­fore, but to have the top year 12 stu­dent in New Zealand is a bit mind blow­ing re­ally.”

The multi-choice exam as­sessed lan­guage tech­nique, in­ter­pre­ta­tion, com­pre­hen­sion, vo­cab­u­lary and lan­guage anal­y­sis.

With more than 450 New Zealand students en­ter­ing, Ly­dia said it was a big achieve­ment to take first place.

English was one of her best sub­jects and she was in­ter­ested in study­ing lan­guage, linguistics, an­thro­pol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy in the fu­ture.

Top score: Year 12 stu­dent Ly­dia Velt­man re­ceived top marks in an in­ter­na­tional English com­pe­ti­tion.

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