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Top marks put Isobel on top of the world

KATASHA MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2014
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SCIENCE WHIZ: Top IB scholar Isobel Campbell, 18, is looking forward to a future in engineering.

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Isobel Campbell thinks she didn't use her study periods as efficiently as she could have.

Her results say otherwise.

The former Kristin School student scored a perfect of 45 out of 45 in her International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.

This puts her in the top 0.2 per cent of students worldwide.

The 18-year-old chose IB over NCEA because it looked like a challenge.

"I know some people regretted doing IB because it was a lot of work, but it suited me."

Isobel scored 7 out of 7 in each of her subjects - chemistry, physics, French, language and literature, history and maths.

She was also awarded full marks for the core parts of the IB programme, theory of knowledge, creativity, action, service and a 4000-word extended essay.

Isobel says doing IB was beneficial in the end, even if it was hard at the time, and it is "pretty cool" to get a perfect score.

"Everyone's been saying I deserve it and I worked hard, which is very nice of them. There were a lot of people who got good marks."

In between her studies Isobel rode her horse and volunteered for Riding for the Disabled.

She left her Browns Bay home last week to study engineering at the University of Canterbury on a scholarship for emerging leaders.

Isobel picked engineering to combine her interest in science and desire to come up with solutions.

She enjoyed the Future Problem Solving programme during school and says engineering is "like a real life version of that".

Isobel is one of only eight students in New Zealand to achieve the top IB score this year.

The scholars will be honoured at an awards ceremony at Government House on February 18.

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