Kenepuru Sound teen named dux
Queen Charlotte College dux Muske Hertoghs plans to have a year off visiting Europe, before deciding his next course of study.
Deputy head boy, Muske was awarded the college's highest award for academic achievement at the school's prizegiving last night.
Runner-up was Moana Dixon, who was announced as the schools' proxime accessit. Both Muske and Moana also receive Marlborough Lines Tertiary Study awards, which would be formally presented this afternoon at a ceremony in Blenheim.
Euphoric after his win, announced at the end of the three-hour ceremony, Muske said he hadn't been sure he was going to win dux, and was "really happy" to do so. With arms full of prizes, he was mobbed by well-wishers.
Asked to pick his favourite subject, he looked flummoxed: "I don't know. I'm pretty happy with all of them, to be honest."
He planned to take a gap year, and return to Europe. Muske said he had been there with the Queen Charlotte College school trip in 2011 and had wanted to go back ever since.
He had family in the Netherlands as well.
After the gap year, he intended to return to study in New Zealand, possibly at Victoria University in Wellington. "I'm not sure what I'm going to study."
The Kenepuru Sound teenager said combining his deputy head boy duties with his studies had made for a busy year, but it had all "just unfolded" throughout the year, he said.
"I'm so glad. Everyone helped so much. I'm so happy."