Moli appointed head boy
Year 12 Marlborough Boys' College student Atu Moli has been appointed head boy for 2013.
The position was announced during the senior academic prizegiving at the college on Wednesday afternoon, and was greeted with shouts of approval from students and even a few tears from some teachers and proud family members.
Marlborough Boys' College principal Wayne Hegarty said he had never seen such a display of emotion following an announcement for head boy.
"I've seen excitement when it's been announced, but not anything like what I saw yesterday," he said. "There's a lot of people who rate Atu as an excellent young man."
Besides being an excellent role model for other students, Atu was friendly and supportive and had leadership ability, Mr Hegarty said.
He is also a prop in the college 1st XV and has been selected to represent the region playing rugby at a national level.
A total of 56 students had applied to become a prefect in 2013, a significantly higher number than usual, Mr Hegarty said.
Prefect numbers for next year have been reduced from 29 to 20 so they could work together more cohesively, he said. "They are certainly a pretty high-calibre group of young men and we're expecting big things from them."
The deputy head boy will be named after a leadership programme before the beginning of the 2013 school year.
At Marlborough Girls' College, the prefects for 2013 have yet to be named.
Deputy principal Jo Chamberlain said the school had interviewed all 30 of the shortlisted candidates, who will undergo a leadership training day on December 7.
All prefects, including the head girl, are to be announced on December 10 at a final senior assembly when exams are finished and the students are back for the day to return their textbooks, Ms Chamberlain said.
"It's good in that they do have the chance now to focus on their exams."
The Marlborough Boys' College prefects for 2013 are: Atunaisa Moli (head boy); Hadley Anderson; Mitchell Avery; Max Bicknell; Ashton Blake-Barlow; Nick Blakiston; Thornton Church; Nathan Cross; Hamish Hayes; Remington Manning; Thomas McCulloch; Charlie Mercer; Matthew Oldfield; Michael Ruffell; Callum Saunders; Adam Smith; Matthew Stretch; Taine Swete; Kieran Turrell; Joshua Watson.
The Marlborough Express