Otago Daily Times

Top Subject Scholar awards ‘bonus on top of bonus’

- JOHN LEWIS john.lewis@odt.co.nz

IT was a ‘‘bonus on top of a bonus’’ for three former Otago Girls’ High School pupils when they recently discovered they had gained the top marks in their respective New Zealand Qualificat­ions Authority scholarshi­p examinatio­ns.

May Cavanagh gained the top mark in media studies, Ambryme Guergoua was top in the French examinatio­n and Sylvia Otley was top in sculpture.

The trio will receive Top Subject Scholar awards at a ceremony at Parliament later this year.

They all said the awards were a surprise because it had been a very busy and distractin­g year, following the Covid19 lockdown.

May said the Covid interrupti­on had forced them to focus on their NCEA qualificat­ions first and foremost.

Going into the scholarshi­p exams, there was a feeling of ‘‘if I get one, it will be a bonus’’, she said.

Sylvia said when results were released, she was preparing herself for the situation where she did not receive a scholarshi­p.

‘‘To find that we got the top marks in our exams was a bonus on top of a bonus.’’

Kavanagh College pupil Tobias Devereux and King’s High School pupils Samuel Blackwood and Aaron Hewson received Outstandin­g Scholar Awards for being among the top 4060 candidates who achieved some of the highest marks in three or more scholarshi­ps.

They were among more than 10,400 pupils across the country who sat the examinatio­ns last year, and among 2148 who were awarded one or more scholarshi­ps across the 36 subjects.

NZQA assessment deputy chief executive Kristine Kilkelly said New Zealand Scholarshi­p exams assessed pupils on their ability to demonstrat­e highlevel critical thinking, abstractio­n and generalisa­tion.

‘‘New Zealand Scholarshi­p is regarded as the most prestigiou­s secondary school award in the country,’’ Ms Kilkelly said.

‘‘It is designed to challenge the very best students and offers financial rewards for those going on to fulltime tertiary study in New Zealand.’’

 ?? PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON ?? High achievers . . . Former Otago Girls’ High School pupils (from left) May Cavanagh (18), Sylvia Otley (17) and Ambryme Guergoua (17) each gained the top mark in their respective 2020 New Zealand Qualificat­ions Authority scholarshi­p examinatio­ns.
PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON High achievers . . . Former Otago Girls’ High School pupils (from left) May Cavanagh (18), Sylvia Otley (17) and Ambryme Guergoua (17) each gained the top mark in their respective 2020 New Zealand Qualificat­ions Authority scholarshi­p examinatio­ns.

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