Young students excel
Shannon McGregor and Katelyn Shick believed they were serious contenders for dux and proxime, but it still came as a shock when their names were called at the Putaruru College prize giving.
Dux winner Shick was celebrated by her peers with a haka at Wednesday’s ceremony.
‘‘ It was great seeing people there and seeing they were proud of me.’’
The 17- year- old had always aimed for the top spot and even her fellow students were rooting for her.
‘‘The pressure was on for me, there were always people years back saying ‘oh Katelyn, you’re going to get dux’.’’
For 18-year-old McGregor her grades had always been up to standard, but she pushed it to the back of her mind.
‘‘I didn’t expect to win mine at all, I’m just here to do my best.’’
The pair said they were both proud of each other.
And both are like-minded with their career paths.
Next year Shick and McGregor will start study in the teaching industry.
Shick will study a conjoint Bachelor of Professional Education and Science at the University of Waikato and McGregor will attend a Wintec early childhood course.
While they will teach at different levels, their reasons to enter the industry are the same.
‘‘You can see that you are helping people,’’ McGregor said.
Surprised: Proxime accessit winner Shannon McGregor, left, and dux Katelyn Shick were shocked to learn of their awards.