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2011 Prime Minister’s Award Announced

Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education

27 April 2012 Media Statement

2011 Prime Minister’s Award announced

Jade Fai Leung from Auckland’s St Cuthbert’s College was named today as winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Education Minister, Hekia Parata, presented the Top Scholar Awards, on behalf of the Prime Minister, at Government House.

The Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence recognises the highest achieving student in the annual New Zealand scholarship examinations.

“Jade has achieved an extraordinary six Outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, Geography, Painting, Physics, Science, and Statistics and Modelling,’’ says Ms Parata.

“This is an amazing achievement as Outstanding Scholars are the top 1 per cent of the cohort for each subject.

“On top of this, Jade has also achieved Scholarships in Biology, English, and Spanish. This makes for an impressive nine Scholarship awards in total.”

It is the second year the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence has been presented. The Award encourages and motivates students to achieve the very highest academic levels.

The Top Scholar Award ceremony also recognised the achievements of 10 Premier Award winners. Premier Awards are limited to the top 5 to 10 Scholarship students in New Zealand, and the 35 Top Subject Scholars.

New Zealand Scholarship Award winners
Premier Award winners:

Aubin Antoine BannwarthOutstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, French, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and Modelling,
Scholarship in Economics, Science
Alfriston College
Kieran An BrennanOutstanding Scholarship in Biology, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and Modelling,
Scholarship in Science
Palmerston North Boys’ High School
Hadleigh Robert FrostOutstanding Scholarship in Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and Modelling, Science,
Scholarship in Chemistry
Lincoln High School
*Thomas Daniel Gerson FrostOutstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, English, Physics, Statistics and Modelling
Scholarship in Biology, Mathematics with Calculus
Christ’s College
Hamish HirschbergOutstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and ModellingRathkeale College
Kimberley Yu San LeeOutstanding Scholarship in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Modelling
Scholarship in English
St Cuthbert’s College
*Jade Fai LeungOutstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, Geography, Painting, Physics, Science, and Statistics and Modelling
Scholarship in Biology, English, Spanish,
St Cuthbert’s College
Benedict John MorrisseyOutstanding Scholarship in Chemistry, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and Modelling
Scholarship in Biology, Science
Garin College
*Nicholas Alexander Julian OrrOutstanding Scholarship in English, French, Geography, History
Scholarship in Economics
Auckland Grammar School
*Sarah Natalie WrightOutstanding Scholarship in Biology, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, Statistics and Modelling
Scholarship in Chemistry, Geography
St Andrew’s College

* Also a Top Subject Scholar
Top Subject Scholarship Award winners:
AccountingAmy RiceVilla Maria College
Agricultural and Horticultural Science Reuben Christopher BrownChristchurch Boys’ High School
Art History John William GibbsCashmere High School
Biology Sarah Natalie WrightSt Andrew’s College
Chemistry Jade Fai LeungSt Cuthbert’s College
Chinese Ming Lu LiMacleans College
Classical Studies Kevin CaiAuckland Grammar School
DanceCaitlin O’Brien ThompsonRutherford College
Drama Evan John FenemorKavanagh College
Economics Sophie BishopNew Plymouth Girls’ High School
English Catherine Hsiao-Wei HsuACG Senior College
French Nicholas Alexander Julian OrrAuckland Grammar School
GeographyNicholas Alexander Julian OrrAuckland Grammar School
German Christian HoltorfOtago Boys’ High School
Graphics Samuel BlokWaiheke High School
History Lydia Nola WilsonHowick College
JapaneseRiki FujiiGreen Bay High School
LatinAlan AnsellNew Plymouth Boys’ High School
Mathematics with Calculus Ha-Young ShinChristchurch Boys’ High School
Media Studies Andrew Tan Delli CicchiWellington College
Music Jessie SunMacleans College
Physical Education Kate Hannah MaxwellJames Hargest College
Physics Ivan PavlovMacleans College
Samoan Felicity Muamai HakaiMcAuley High School
Science Amy Yue XiaoACG Senior College
Spanish Stephanie KjestrupMacleans College
Statistics and Modelling Thomas Frost Christ’s College
Te Reo Maori Hana-Te Kowhai Treadaway OhiaNgā Taiatea Wharekura Hamilton
Te Reo Rangatira Te Kauru NohotimaSt Peter’s College Palmerston North
Technology Theodore CarlosRosmini College
Visual Arts - Design Jasper James Alwyn OwenWellington College
Visual Arts - Painting Grace Fiona PickfordPukekohe High School
Visual Arts - Photography Tim WebbyWestern Springs College
Visual Arts - Printmaking Kyu Seo ParkBurnside High School
Visual Arts - Sculpture Leticia Daisy Durant Wellington East Girls’ College


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