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NZ Scholarship 2004 Top Scholars Announced

13 April 2005

NEW ZEALAND SCHOLARSHIP 2004 TOP SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is pleased to announce the Top Scholar Awards from the 2004 New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

The Overall Top Scholar is Sarah Thompson from Pakuranga College and Jingwen Mu from Epsom Girls' Grammar is Second Overall Scholar. Sarah and Jingwen gained the best outstanding rankings in their three top Scholarship subjects. For doing so, they receive $15,000 and $10,000 respectively each year for three years to help them pursue higher education in New Zealand.

The Top Scholars in each Scholarship subject have also been announced (see attached list). Each candidate in these subjects will receive $3,000 per year for three years.

As well, a new category has been added to the awards. New Zealand Scholar (Distinction) candidates required outstanding results in three subjects. Four students, Niki Begg and Ryan Manton from Christchurch Boys' High, Alix Boberg from the Diocesan School for Girls, and Thomas Gubb from Whangarei Boys' High have gained this award and will receive $7,500 each for three years.

Features of the awards this year were:

· Three schools produced more than one Top Scholar: Epsom Girls' Grammar (4), St Cuthbert's College (3), and Christchurch Boys' High School (2)

· Of the 32 Top Scholars, 18 came from the Auckland region, with 7 from Christchurch and 2 from Hamilton.

· Sarah Thompson, the overall Top Scholar, is also Top Subject Scholar in English and German.

· Niki Begg is the Top Subject Scholar in Economics as well as being a Distinction Scholar.

Each of the top 32 students will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House on 15 April. Awards will be presented by the Governor General.

The full Top Scholar list and a regional list are attached. The names shown are as the scholars wish to have them on their certificates – some may want the media to use shorter forms of their names. Many of the Top Scholars have agreed to have their personal contact details released to the media. Please call NZQA for this information or for further information about the coming ceremony. Media are welcome at the ceremony. Photos will be available from Friday evening on the NZQA website.

Top Subject Scholars

Accounting Alice Banfield St Cuthbert’s College
Agricultural & Horticultural Science Haidee Wishnowsky Hawera High School
Art History Gregor Whyte Auckland Grammar School
Biology Catherine Palmer Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Chemistry Kay Pe St Peter’s College (Auckland)
Classical Studies Charlotte Woodfeild Christchurch Girls’ High School
Dance Gabrielle Smith Kristen School
Drama Elliot McKee Christ’s College
Economics Niki Begg Christchurch Boys’ High School
English Sarah Thompson Pakuranga College
French Daria Gorbounova St Cuthbert’s School
Geography Jemma Lala St Peter’s School (Cambridge)
German Sarah Thompson Pakuranga College
Graphics Ho-Ching Fu Epsom Girls’ Grammar
History Zoe Brentnall Takapuna Grammar School
Japanese Saeko Hayashi AGC Senior College
Latin Heather MacBeth Burnside High/Correspondence
Mathematics with Calculus Eric Kang St Bede’s College
Media Studies Benjamin Ron Tauranga Boys’ College
Music Practical Mihka Chee Rosehill College
Music Studies Charmian Keay Westlake Girls’ High School
Physics Hugo Barnard Hillcrest High School
Samoan Ruth Pouli Mangare College
Science Sally Haddon Nelson College for Girls
Spanish Luke Patterson Onslow College
Statistics & Modelling Theresa Lin Rangitoto College
Technology Alice Irving Havelock North High School
Te Reo Maori Roimata Papnui-Iles Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Visual Arts Chloe Weavers St Cuthbert’s College

New Zealand Scholar - Distinction
Distinction Scholar Niki Begg Christchurch Boys’ High School
Distinction Scholar Alix Boberg Diocesan School for Girls
Distinction Scholar Michael Gubb Whangarei Boys’ High School
Distinction Scholar Ryan Manton Christchurch Boys’ High School

Overall Top Scholars
Second Overall Top Scholar Jingwen Mu Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Overall Top Scholar Sarah Thompson Pakuranga College


Regions:
Northland
Distinction Scholar Michael Gubb Whangarei Boys’ High School

Auckland
Overall Top Scholar Sarah Thompson Pakuranga College
Second Overall Top Scholar Jingwen Mu Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Accounting Alice Banfield St Cuthbert’s College
Art History Gregor Whyte Auckland Grammar School
Biology Catherine Palmer Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Chemistry Kay Pe St Peter’s College (Auckland)
Dance Gabrielle Smith Kristen School
Distinction Scholar Alix Boberg Diocesan School for Girls
English Sarah Thompson Pakuranga College
French Daria Gorbounova St Cuthbert’s School
German Sarah Thompson Pakuranga College
Graphics Ho-Ching Fu Epsom Girls’ Grammar
History Zoe Brentnall Takapuna Grammar School
Japanese Saeko Hayashi AGC Senior College
Music Practical Mihka Chee Rosehill College
Music Studies Charmian Keay Westlake Girls’ High School
Samoan Ruth Pouli Mangare College
Statistics & Modelling Theresa Lin Rangitoto College
Te Reo Maori Roimata Papuni-Iles Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Visual Arts Chloe Weavers St Cuthbert’s College

Waikato
Geography Jemma Lala St Peter’s School (Cambridge)
Physics Hugo Barnard Hillcrest High School

Bay of Plenty
Technology Alice Irving Havelock North High School

Tauranga
Media Studies Benjamin Ron Tauranga Boys’ College

Taranaki
Agricultural & Horticultural Science Haidee Wishnowsky Hawera High School

Wellington
Spanish Luke Patterson Onslow College

Nelson
Science Sally Haddon Nelson College for Girls

Canterbury
Classical Studies Charlotte Woodfeild Christchurch Girls’ High School
Distinction Scholar Niki Begg Christchurch Boys’ High School
Distinction Scholar Ryan Manton Christchurch Boys’ High School
Drama Elliot McKee Christ’s College
Economics Niki Begg Christchurch Boys’ High School Latin Heather MacBeth Burnside High/Correspondence
Mathematics with Calculus Eric Kang St Bede’s College

ENDS

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