Harvey Morison was named 2018 Dux at the Kuranui College Senior Prizegiving in front of a packed auditorium that included Mayors John Booth and Viv Napier, rounding off five years of exceptional achievement at the South Wairarapa college.
Since moving from Greytown School to begin year 9, he has gained gold academic honours in years 9 and 10, completed level 1 and 2 NCEA with excellence in year 11, gained level 3 NCEA with excellence 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. 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.
Alexander Southey and Piper Marshall shared the honour of Proxime Accessit. Alexander, also 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. AJ belongs on the stage and will be heading to the Globe to perform in 2019. Piper has also gained NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3 with excellence, with five subject endorsements last year. She is known for her mature and committed approach to life inside and outside the classroom, has a passion for science and equestrian and has worked tirelessly to become an excellence student.
Caelum Greaves came first in year 12 and Abby Saywell was the top student in Year 11 and there were a number of other major trophies which are awarded on an annual basis to Kuranui students, including the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Shackleton Cup, which recognises a student or students who have overcome adversity. This year it was shared by Chantelle Smith and Joshua Oakly.
The Tocker Cup is presented to the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the wider life of the college and this year’s recipient was Alexander Southey, who has excelled with his contribution to the performing arts in particular.
Greytown Lion and Lioness Clubs Endeavour Trophy, for a senior student who has striven and succeeded, was awarded to Jack Stokes, while Head Boy Samson Dell won the Minolta NZ Cup for outstanding leadership in any area or areas of wider college life.
Looking forward to 2019, Kuranui’s new student leaders have also been named, so congratulations go to: Head Girl – Awhina Southey, Deputy Head Girl – Ashley Pugh, Head Boy – Michael Hyman, Deputy Head Boy – Mack Regnault and BOT Student Representative – Isabella Wisler.