In front of a packed crowd of special guests, sponsors, teachers, parents and classmates Tereora College year 11, 12 and 13 students were rewarded for a year of hard work.
Awards were not only given for academic achievement but also culture and sport, highlighting the diverse nature of the school’s student body.
Tereora College principal Tania Morgan praised her students and staff for a year of hard work and dedication.
She noted a number of achievements the school had notched up this year and thanked New Zealand for its pledge of $11.7 million for the first stage of the college’s rebuild.
Incumbent Financial Secretary Garth Henderson and current chair of the school’s Parent Teacher Association reminded the students that their predecessors excelled at the school with far less resources than they had today.
He asked the students to think hard about where they wanted to go in life and encouraged them to pursue higher education.
The star of the day was Nicholas Barton-Henry, the 2015 Dux and top academic student of Tereora College.
Nick is the great-grandson of Albert Henry, the first premier of the Cook Islands and the son of 50th anniversary steering committee chairman Nick Henry.
His proud mother Patricia Barton was beaming when her clever son was named Dux.
“It was really neat for him to win Dux in the 50th year since self-government,” she said.
The top scholar as been accepted to study towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History at Victoria University of Wellington.
Nick thanked Tereora College principal Tania Morgan, his Anau teacher Mrs Napa, his form teacher Mr Martin and his “awesome” year 13 teachers Ms Dunn, Mr Puna, Mr Hare, Ms Barrett-Watson and Mr Baker for their encouragement and support.
The Dux award is sponsored by CITC, and Nick received a trophy, a $500 voucher and a new $1500 laptop.