South Otago High School (SOHS) weighed in heavily for Scholarship this season, with school leavers James Briones and Beckham Wilson receiving multiple awards in calculus.
“New Zealand Scholarship is our most prestigious secondary school award, assessing students’ ability to demonstrate high›level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, [they are] designed to challenge the very best students, offering financial rewards for those going on to full›time tertiary study in New Zealand,” NZQA deputy chief executive assessment Andrea Gray said.
SOHS head of maths John Sibley praised the young men.
‘‘They both scored 97% in the first year Canterbury University mathematics papers during year 13. Hard work in and outside school were the reasons for their success.’’
Philippines born SOHS 2020 head boy, dux and ODT Class Act awardee James Briones said it was a ‘‘dream come true’’.
He said after moving here in 2011, his family were determined to make New Zealand their home.
However, residency and citizenship were slow processes and astronomical International student fees had compelled him to repeat high school in 2021.
‘‘This 2022, due to migrant and media pressure on the Government, students like me finally have a pathway to study without international fees getting in the way,’’
‘‘There’s something logical and elegant about calculus, and the University of Canterbury helped me see its purpose with their first›year paper.
‘‘They were so kind to offer me scholarships tallying $25,000 for my first year of study.’’
Mr Briones has begun a bachelor of engineering degree with the intention tospecialise in chemical and process engineering.
‘‘After my study, I intend to work in developing renewable and existing energy sources,’’ he said.