Otago uni swells dux's awards haul

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 12:30 08/12/2012

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Garin College dux Tom Nicholson was excited about his present and his future after prizegiving.

With too many awards to carry by himself, Tom kept hold of the Sir Patrick and Lady Hilary Goodman Cup for Outstanding Achievement while he spoke about his hopes for next year.

Tom plans to go to the University of Otago to start a degree in health sciences before heading into pharmacology or medical research.

"I find it fascinating, I want to have a job in something like that," he said.

Already accepted into his preferred hostel, Tom was looking forward to joining several close friends in Dunedin.

He will be well looked after by the university after winning Otago's Dux scholarship and its Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship as well, also taking home the McKee Charitable Trust Prize, Network Tasman Year 13 Award for Achievement and the Whitcoull's Book Prize.

Tom said he had been hoping throughout the year to be named dux. "I just try to do my best," he said.

He said going to school at Garin had taught him a lot about the meaning of leadership, and he would also remember the friends he had made.

"They really helped us to develop friendships that matter," said Tom.

Tom's younger sister, Amy, was proud to take home the year 11 prize for top scholar.

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