Young stu­dents ex­cel

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

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.

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