Senior Prizegiving celebrates the highest levels of academic achievement, service and leadership. It is also an opportunity to celebrate our two students with the highest overall academic achievement for 2018, through the Proxime Accessit and Dux awards.
The Edgewater College Proxime Accessit for 2018 is Julius Tolentino. Independent, competitive and driven to perform at his personal best are words that give a picture of Julius as a student. He is determined to succeed at the very highest level and ensures that at all times he puts in the required effort to achieve this standard. Julius’ hard work, outstanding problem solving and ability to analyse issues in depth have all contributed to his success, including gaining both NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 at Excellence level. This year he has also received awards for First in Chemistry, and Certificates in Design and Visual Communication, Mathematics, Physical Education and Physics.
In addition to his studies Julius is passionate about basketball, and managing his training and games whilst still keeping up to date with the requirements of his study programme. Julius plans to study Computer Engineering at either AUT or Auckland University in 2019.
The Edgewater College Dux for 2018 is Emma Sio. This year completes five years at the top for Emma. She is an extremely conscientious student who has a consistent record of the highest levels of academic achievement. She was Junior Dux in 2015 and has continued to achieve at the highest levels since, gaining both NCEA Level 1 and level 2 with Excellence endorsements. We also saw Emma cross the stage to collect awards for First Place in Design and Visual Communication, Japanese, Physics, Visual Art and in Mathematics Calculus.
As well as her outstanding academic ability, Emma is the kind of student who is always curious to learn more – she is a student with outstanding analytical skills and is a creative problem solver. While dedicated to achieving the best results possible for herself Emma demonstrates a willingness to help others be it in the classroom, or as part of her role on the Academic Council. In addition to her studies she has found time to make a considerable contribution to wider school life, in the Edgewater College Jazz Band, as a Librarian and also a Peer Support Leader. She is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the Alison and Mervyn Pattinson Award for Dux 2018.