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Kiwi students best in world

DUBBY HENRY
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014
Strathallan students

SMART LINEUP: These Strathallan students have topped the world in their respective subjects. From left: Natasha Tulp, 16, Papakura, Aimee Bebbington, 15, Drury, and Jessica Thomas, 16, Ramarama.

Strathallan students
HIGH ACHIEVER: Clevedon’s William Stupple, 18, is from ACG Senior College in Parnell.
Strathallan students
SNAP HAPPY: Karaka’s Kristen Wheeler, 18, is top in New Zealand for her photography work.

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The world's best minds are being bred in South Auckland.

Four students from Papakura and Franklin came first in the world in their Cambridge International Exams, acing both test and course work in topics ranging from arts to business.

They include Jessica Thomas, 16, who came top of the world in AS-level (year 12) Classical Studies with a combined mark of 93 per cent for her work on Greek architecture, vases and history.

Ancient myths and legends have always intrigued her so studying classics has been great fun, she says.

But the Ramarama student has her classmates to thank for her high marks.

"All throughout the year we've had a really competitive class so we pushed each other. It was always a battle to get the best mark."

Aimee Bebbington, 15, came first-equal in the world in IGCSE Global Perspectives with 97 per cent, despite sitting the topic in year 10, a year early.

Global Perspectives requires students to analyse in depth the problems humans face, such as conflict, global warming and disease.

Aimee says the key is staying unbiased and looking at all sides of the argument.

"You have to find the pros and cons and come up with possible solutions."

HIGH ACHIEVERS:

Jessica Thomas, Ramarama (Strathallan): Top of the World first-equal in AS-level Classical Studies

Natasha Tulp, Papakura (Strathallan): Top of the World in AS-level Design and Technology

William Stupple, Clevedon (Senior College): Top of the World in A-level Geography, Top of New Zealand in A-level Business Studies

Aimee Bebbington, Drury (Strathallan): Top of the World first-equal in IGSCE Global Perspectives

Kristen Wheeler, Karaka, (Strathallan), also came Top of New Zealand in A-level Art and Design - Photography.

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- Papakura Courier

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