Despite a severely disrupted year and exam period, Mahurangi schools had plenty of student achievements to honour at their prizegiving ceremonies held last month. Around $300,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to students at Rodney College, Mahurangi College and Otamatea High School.
Eleanor Hayward was named Dux, receiving $1000 and the PGG Wrightson’s Cup, as well as a choice of scholarships from Victoria University and Otago University. She also won the Hackett Media Trophy for her contribution to the school magazine, Granville Cup for services to the school and first prize in creative literacy.
Rosa Ewing was named Proxime Accessit and received $500 and the Kevey Cup. She was also awarded the Hackett Media Trophy for contribution to the school magazine, won first prize in English, the Millennium Cup for all-round excellence, and a $20,000 scholarship from the University of Auckland.
Lisa Preuss, Michelle Moir Art ($1000); Shalynne Jones, McDonald Adams Optometrists ($500); Kaylee Cannell, Izard Trust ($1000); Mackenzee Warahi, Wharehine Contractors ($1500); Jarvis Denton, Poland Motors Vocational Pathway ($2000); Nikheel Chandra, Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence ($2000); Eleanor Hayward, Mary J Partington Music ($3000).
Saskia Wigman was named Dux and received the most in scholarships this year, including $25,000 from the University of Waikato and $2000 from Bayleys Real Estate Warkworth.
Other achievements included the Warkworth Vets prize for biology, The Buckton Consultants prize for geography and the Warkworth Surveyors prize for mathematics and statistics.
Ava Berry was named Proxime Accessit, won the Alon & Audrey Shaw Trophy and won $1500 from Withers & Co Chartered Accountants.
Matthew Elder and Brooklyn Waugh, Warkworth Driving Academy ($250 each); Jack Anderson, Steve Haycock Construction Future Apprenticeship ($300); Dylan Michel, Leggoe Electrical Future Apprenticeship Scholarship ($300); Zac Farmiloe, Ben McMurtrie, Lachlan Simpson, Logan Sykes and Lexie Van Stanten, Warkworth Community ($400ea); Kristel Davies, Binsted Family Cup ($400); Xarie Manwaring, Kowhai Physiotherapy Scholarship ($500); Guy van Egmond and Keya Prajapati, Academic Excellence from Gubb Motors and Argyle Manufacturing ($500ea); Jessica McNaughten, McDonald Adams Scholarship ($500); Eli Waterhouse, NZ School of Tourism ($500), Naumi Teinabo, Sourthern Paprika Pasifika Futures ($1000); Mariata Atanibwebwe, Sue Wynyard Maori Pasifikia Health Studies ($1000), Sakura Ludolph ($1000), Breila Straka ($1,000), Elena Hawes ($1500) Nathaniel Vernardakis ($1500), Dolly Wynyard Trust; Nathaniel Vernardakis, Bailey Earley Memorial ($2000); Kristel Davies, Prime Minister’s Vocational Pathway ($2000); Caspian Hardie, University of Canterbury ($5000); Ava Berry, Chloe Billington and Saskia Wigman, Victoria University of Wellington ($5000), Poppy Billington and Naumi Teinabo, Auckland University of Technology ($14,000); Patrick Mackinnon ($3500) Eva Sterling ($3500) Jessica McNaughten ($5000), Alice Williams ($5000) and Ava Berry ($15,000), University of Otago; Louise Daum and Saskia Wigman, University of Otago Leaders ($6000); Aniwa Heke, University of Otago Maori Entrance ($17,000); Zali Taylor ($13,000) and Michaela Pow ($15,000), University of Otago 150th Entrance; Patrick Mackinnon, University of Waikato ($5000); Ava Berry, University of Auckland Top Achiever ($20,000); Naumi Teinabo, University of Waikato Pacific Excellence ($10,000); Saskia Wigman, University of Waikato Outstanding Achievement ($25,000).
A special mention to Zoe Knapp Spens-Black, who won the Mahurangi Matters Art Photography merit award, and Ava Bravenboer, who won the Mahurangi Matters Art Painting merit award.
Amy Lawrence was named Dux and won first prize in biology and mathematics as well as the Fonterra Cup for best aggregate marks in science. She received a $21,000 Vice Chancellor’s scholarship from Massey University and $1500 from the Paparoa County Depot Trust.
Cory Browne was named Proxime Accessit and won first prize in physics, history and chemistry, as well as a service award for being an audio-visual technician.
Jaden Sheppard and Lola Smyth, Auckland University of Technology ($17,000); Brooke Hutton, Waka Moana ($16,000); Asher Tito, Auckland University of Technology for accommodation ($6500); Bethany Hudson, Victoria University ($5000); Renee Allen, Paparoa Country Depot Trust ($1500).
Next year’s head boy and head girl will be Michael Ferguson and Billie Le Mesurier-Cowbourne.