Three students shared the title of Dux this year – from left, Ruby-Rose Hallamore, Danielle Hyland and Monica Jaques.
Otamatea High School’s 50th senior prize giving was so competitive that the school’s highest academic award, Dux, went to three recipients.
Ruby-Rose Hallamore, Danielle Hyland and Monica Jaques shared the accolade at the awards ceremony last month.
Principal Rachael Clothier-Simmonds commended the teachers and pupils on creating a positive, respectful environment, with many collective triumphs and successes.
“The top three academic students could not be separated whichever way we sliced the data, so we made the fairest decision to award the prestigious honour of Dux to three extremely diligent students,” she said.
Scholarship recipients were:
University of Otago ($10,000), Monica Jaques; University of Otago ($6000), Ruby-Rose Hallamore; Lions Young Ambassador Award ($1000), Natasha Tornquist; Lions Young Ambassador Award ($200), Emma Rankin.
Other awards: Dux, Ruby-Rose Hallamore, Danielle Hyland and Monica Jaques; Kia Maia – Be Brave in Learning, Jamahl Robinson; Jessie Vaughan Trophy for Senior Citizenship, Emma Rankin; Exceptional School Supporter, Cameron Lupton; Fair Play & Sportsmanship Trophy, Ashton Coates; Outstanding Sporting Achievement, Tyler Porteous; Peer Support Award, Joshua Royds; Senior Victrix Ludorum, Annmarie Holst; Senior Victor Ludorum, Joshua Nishitani-Hart; First in Year 11, Molly Curnow; Student Exhibiting School Spirit, Dietrich Von Dincklage; First in Year 12, Samantha Cawkwell-Troost; Excellence in Year 12 English & Science, Samantha Allen; Most Promising Student Returning to School, Joshua Nishitani-Hart; Best Aggregate of Science Subjects in Year 13, Danielle Hyland; General Excellence by a Senior Student, Rita Hames; Best All Round Maori Pupil, Benjamin Davies Saua.