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A challenging year for top scholars1 min read

Jun 2, 2021 < 1 min

A challenging year for top scholars1 min read

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In May, Onehunga High School announced its 2020 Dux at the annual Scholarship Assembly. It was an opportunity for the school to celebrate its highest academic achievers, coming from one of the most challenging school years for decades.


Principal, Deidre Shea, said that despite the difficulties of 2020, the school had once again achieved pass rates that were higher than the national average. “We are very proud of that, given the circumstances,” she says.


A total of 16 pupils across all three NCEA Levels received 2020 scholarship awards, including seven Level 3 graduates; the second highest number in the school’s history.


In addition to the Dux Literarum and Proxime Accessit, Sophie Roberts was named as the top scholar for Level 1 NCEA and Paige Campbell the Level 2 top student.


The Proxime Accessit was Ali Lovat and Holly Hu was awarded the Dux Literarum for 2020.


Due to university commitments, neither Ali nor Holly were able to attend the ceremony. Holly’s sister Hannah, also a former OHS pupil, accepted the award on her behalf.


Deidre Shea said that in future, the school will be rescheduling the scholarship assembly to ensure it falls during university holidays, to make it easier for the Level 3 recipients to attend.


(L-R Sophie Roberts Level 1 top scholar, Paige Campbell Level 2 top scholar, Hannah Hu accepting the Dux on behalf of her sister Holly and principal Deidre Shea)