Ad­ven­ture awaits for Nay­land Col­lege dux

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - CARLY GOOCH

An­dre Cas­taing may have been a coach in de­bat­ing at Nay­land Col­lege but he’s not ar­gu­ing the fact he put in the hard yards for dux this year.

‘‘It’s a com­bi­na­tion of many years hard work and so it’s good to see that it’s been ac­knowl­edged.’’

Walk­ing away with $400, a trophy and a medal, Cas­taing still has sev­eral ex­ams to get through be­fore he can truly fo­cus on what’s ahead of him.

He said what was def­i­nite was a place at Otago Univer­sity year where he would ‘‘prob­a­bly pur­sue’’ a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence.

Com­merce and first year law were also op­tions.

‘‘I’m go­ing to do papers that in­ter­est me and see what I like and what I don’t like from there.’’

Be­ing in­volved in de­bat­ing, Cas­taing rep­re­sented Kahu­rangi/ Marl­bor­ough at the de­bat­ing na­tion­als and re­ceived highly com­mended which put him in good stead to coach ju­niors.

Guid­ing younger mem­bers of the school was a theme in his roles in­clud­ing help­ing some year 9 classes tran­si­tion to high school, teach­ing a level 3 bi­ol­ogy class and be­ing a stu­dent leader.

Cas­taing was also the United Na­tions youth re­gional high school am­bas­sador which meant that he was pro­mot­ing UN youth events around the re­gion.

He said be­ing a stu­dent leader was one of his high­lights as it was an ‘‘op­por­tu­nity to help lots of stu­dents around the school and im­prove the school for fu­ture years’’.

His other great achieve­ment of the year was rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at the Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum where there were more than 400 in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates.

He said ‘‘really in­spi­ra­tional sci­en­tists from all over the world’’ spoke and talked about their re­search.

With high school al­most be­hind him, he said he still had some de­ci­sions to make over sum­mer.

‘‘It will be an­other ad­ven­ture which I’m quite look­ing for­ward to.’’

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