Dux to study law and com­merce

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - SARA MEIJ

Putting the hard yards into school work has seen Nel­son Col­lege stu­dent James Mel­lor named this years’ dux.

Mel­lor said he didn’t ex­pect to be named dux and was ‘‘pretty blown away’’.

‘‘I knew that I was do­ing well but at the time I didn’t re­ally think it was go­ing to hap­pen.’’

He said he was al­ways try­ing to get the best grades in ‘‘every sin­gle class and as­sess­ment, al­ways try­ing to get high marks.

‘‘I see the value of putting in ef­fort and you get the re­wards for your hard work,’’ he said.

Mel­lor said his way of re­lax­ing af­ter school was ‘‘go­ing out to party’’.

He also en­joyed do­ing art, but the hobby had taken a back seat dur­ing this busy year.

He had liked the last term of school the most be­cause ‘‘ev­ery­one band to­gether and there was a re­ally good vibe’’.

Mel­lor is head­ing to Otago Univer­sity to study a dou­ble de­gree of law and ‘‘prob­a­bly com­merce’’ next year.

‘‘I’m so ex­cited, it’s time to get out of Nel­son and move onto big­ger and more ex­cit­ing things.’’

The 18-year-old said he chose those sub­jects be­cause he wanted a de­gree that would lead ‘‘to a lot of dif­fer­ent job op­por­tu­ni­ties’’.

Asked if he knew what he wanted to be af­ter he fin­ished his stud­ies, he said he was ‘‘go­ing with the flow’’.

A high­light for Mel­lor this year was be­ing named dux, but also play­ing un­der­wa­ter hockey and the team com­ing sec­ond at the na­tional tour­na­ment. He wouldn’t be play­ing un­der­wa­ter hockey at Otago Univer­sity, but he would keep play­ing foot­ball.

Nel­son Col­lege stu­dent James Mel­lor.

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