Schooling ends with success

Leatham Landon Lane (Dux) and Christopher Swan (Proxime Accessit)
Leatham Landon Lane (Dux) and Christopher Swan (Proxime Accessit)

Leatham Landon-Lane was named 2012 dux of Marlborough Boys' College and awarded The Fulton Cup for all round endeavour during the end of year prizegiving at the college yesterday afternoon.

Christopher Swan was named proxime accessit, or second to dux.

The awards are the top academic honours at the college.

Speaking after the awards presentation, the boys looked back on their years at the college with satisfaction.

"I've been aiming for this since last year, but it's something I've wanted ever since I started school here," Christopher said.

Leatham also said he had strived for academic excellence since beginning year 9. The hard work he had put into his subjects this year had been a huge help.

"In year 11 I didn't do so well - I didn't win a class, but this year I've really changed the amount of time I spend studying and researching," he said.

Hearing their names called and walking across the stage to be presented their awards had been the highlight of five years' secondary schooling, they said.

Next year, the two will go in different directions.

Leatham plans to study for a Bachelor of Engineering at Canterbury University, while Christopher is undertaking a degree in visual communications at Massey University in Wellington.

Both students received The Marlborough Lines Award and The John Hannington Goulding Memorial Prize.

Leatham took out a string of other awards during the presentation: nomination for the Dr John Innes Scholarship; biology (The Stratford Prize), chemistry, statistics and modelling, senior mathematics (The Daniel Cup), overall excellence in science (The George Spence Prize); leadership and public spirit (The Pattie Cup).

Christopher's haul of awards included: design, painting, photography, art (The Nigel Leeming Award), and English (The John Stewart Memorial Prize).

The Marlborough Express