Top achiever sought af­ter

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Years of hard work and tremen­dous re­sults saw Pu­taruru Col­lege’s Dana Goodacre awarded dux of Pu­taruru Col­lege last week.

Dana was the top aca­demic stu­dent fin­ish­ing first in English, chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy, physics, cal­cu­lus and ge­og­ra­phy.

Dana also re­ceived a num­ber of schol­ar­ships.

‘‘I re­ceived one from Otago Univer­sity, which is awarded to the dux of ev­ery high school, one from Massey Univer­sity, which I ap­plied for, and one from the Univer­sity of Auck­land, which I also ap­plied for. I re­ceived a Carter Holt Har­vey Pulp and Pa­per Mill Schol­ar­ship as well which was awarded for a pre­sen­ta­tion I gave,’’ she said.

Dana has de­cided to ac­cept the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s schol­ar­ship. ‘‘The schol­ar­ship they have awarded me is the largest by far of the three of­fered by uni­ver­si­ties. This has def­i­nitely made it eas­ier to de­cide. The schol­ar­ship is for three years and it will be awarded in full on the con­di­tion that I con­tinue to do well.’’

She will study for a bach­e­lor of sci­ence and is thrilled with her achieve­ments.

‘‘ Yes it feels very good and the mone­tary re­wards I have re­ceived make the ef­fort I put in at school even more worth­while.

‘‘But for me school is pri­mar­ily about the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and this is not the end. School isn’t quite over yet. I still have to write eight NCEA ex­ams which my en­try into univer­sity, and the award of my Univer­sity of Auck­land Schol­ar­ship de­pend upon.’’

Dana said she might be able to re­lax when she re­ceives her re­sults in Jan­uary.

DANA GOODACRE

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