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Five years of excellence rewarded at Kuranui prizegiving.

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At this year’s Kuranui Senior Prizegiving seventy Year Thirteen students were presented with certificates for their five years of study.  

Guest speaker, former pupil Andrew Slater, spoke of his experiences in re-organising the New Zealand Ambulance services, working in Silicon Valley and currently setting up a twenty four hour health help line. He assured that it was “okay to be a nerd”, as he had been. He advised them not to bury themselves in work but to always enjoy some recreation and to remember that they were never alone, there are always mentors who they could and should use. 

Harvey Morison was named the Kuranui College 2018 Dux. Harvey gained level 3 NCEA with excellence (over 90%) in year 12 earning a $6,000 university scholarship and in 2018 he has also achieved A grades in Philosophy and Greek Mythology, while continuing to study at school and prepare for scholarship examination papers in technology, physics and calculus. In his spare time he gained his pilot’s licence. He has also been an exemplary peer support leader and student leader, was MVP for the 1st XV rugby team and represented Wairarapa-Bush U18s.

Piper Marshall and Alexander Southey shared the honour of Proxime Accessit. Piper has also gained NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3 with excellence, with five subject endorsements last year. Piper, a School Leader, is known for her mature, committed approach to life inside and outside the classroom and has worked tirelessly to become an excellence student. She captained the college’s successful football First Eleven and named as team MVP.  She has a passion for science and equestrian.

  Alexander, known as AJ, has attained NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3 with excellence. He has a prodigious memory and intellect, which is particularly evident in his writing, his performance and thriving creativity. He was awarded the Tocker Cup, presented to the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the wider life of the college, excelling in his contribution to the performing arts in particular. He was the key person in producing and acting in the Kuranui entry which won the prestigious  Show Quest held at the Wellington Opera House

AJ belongs on the stage and will be heading to the Globe to perform in 2019. Next year Harvey and Piper will study engineering at Canterbury University  

Other cups presnted were:  Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Shackleton Cup, which recognises a student or students who have overcome adversity. This year shared by Chantelle Smith and Joshua Oakly. 

Greytown Lion and Lioness Clubs Endeavour Trophy, for a senior student who has striven and succeeded, was awarded to Jack Stokes. 

Head Boy Samson Dell won the Minolta NZ Cup for outstanding leadership in any area or areas of wider college life.

Photo caption: Alexander Southey, Piper Marshall, Harvey Morison. Photo courtesy Lucia Zanmonti

Highlight: Harvey also achieved A Grades in philosophy and Greek while studying for scholarships in technology, physics and caculus. In his spare time he gained his pilot’s licence.

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