Clean sweep for dux

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

The an­nounce­ment of this year’s dux of the school came as lit­tle sur­prise to staff and stu­dents at Mata­mata Col­lege.

Seven­teen-year-old Jes­sica Watkinson made it a clean five-year sweep, pre­vi­ously be­ing year 11 and 12 dux and top stu­dent in years 9 and 10.

‘‘I was happy and a lit­tle sup­pose,’’ said Jes­sica.

‘‘I have been top of my year the last four years but this was the one I really wanted.’’

Jes­sica was this year top of the class in all five of her sub­jects: Eco­nom­ics, ac­count­ing, ge­og­ra­phy, statis­tics, and cal­cu­lus.

As well as dux, the ded­i­cated stu­dent was awarded a Univer­sity of Auck­land Ju­bilee Schol­ar­ship worth $6000 at the se­nior prize­giv­ing on De­cem­ber 6.

She plans to study for a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce at the univer­sity, and is con­sid­er­ing a dou­ble ma­jor in ac­count­ing and man­age­ment.

‘‘I’m very de­ter­mined and very com­pet­i­tive,’’ she said.

‘‘I have very high self-mo­ti­va­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to do well, and if I’m go­ing to do some­thing, I will al­ways do it to the best of my abil­i­ties.’’

Out­side of aca­demics, Jes­sica was this year in­volved in Stu­dents Against Drink Driv­ing and the Well­ness Com­mit­tee and also ran a blood drive at the school.


I ‘‘This year’s been really cool. ‘‘There’s been heaps of op­por­tu­ni­ties. You just have to take up what­ever you can.’’

Along with head girl Rian­nan Bar­doul, Jes­sica went to St Joseph’s Catholic School and Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate.

Mak­ing time to study and putting the ef­fort in over the en­tire year was vi­tal to achiev­ing with ex­cel­lence, she said.

Hav­ing the sup­port of her teach­ers was also im­por­tant and Jes­sica was grate­ful for all the help she had this year.

‘‘If you are will­ing to put in the ef­fort, they are more than will­ing to help you.

‘‘If I ever had ques­tions, I was al­ways com­fort­able to ask or run things by them.’’

In par­tic­u­lar, she would like to thank Estelle Claassen for driv­ing her pas­sion for ac­count­ing; Paul Mar­shall for step­ping in to tu­tor her in cal­cu­lus when she had a timetable clash; year 13 dean An­drew Kil­ham; de­part­ing prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell; and her par­ents, boyfriend, and friends for all their sup­port.

Mata­mata Col­lege Dux of the School: Jes­sica Watkinson.

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