Nayland high achievers ready to make marks

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 13:00 14/02/2014
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HIGH FLIERS: Nayland College scholarship students Patrick Saville, top left and Adam Pauling with Nayland teachers Valerie Steel and Hamish McLellan.

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Not many teenagers would describe calculus as fun, but a Nayland College student's passion for it has won him a scholarship.

Nayland College held a senior assembly yesterday to acknowledge 13 students who won scholarships in last year's scholarship exams.

Among them was Adam Pauling, 17, who won scholarships in calculus and physics as a year 12 student. The exams are usually taken in year 13.

Adam described calculus as "the most fun thing to do, ever".

He enjoyed the challenges of the two subjects and was surprised to receive scholarships in them.

"I like the thinking process and problem solving, just the figuring out and learning a whole lot of stuff, learning how things work."

And, he's not done. He wants to resit the same scholarships exams at the end of this year, to see if he can achieve higher marks, and so, more money.

"I plan to get as many scholarships as possible to keep part-time work at uni to a minimum."

At university, he planned on studying maths and physics.

Because Adam was in an extension programme he could sit the year 13 subjects while in year 12.

Another high achiever acknowledged at Nayland yesterday was Patrick Savill, who won scholarships in English, media and dance. Because he won three he was also awarded a New Zealand scholarship, which would see him receive $2000 each year for three years while at a tertiary institution as long as he maintained at least a "B" grade average in his studies.

Adam said he was inspired by Patrick, as he had seen him achieve at the school through the past few years. Patrick was awarded the Palmer Award last year for all-round achievement.

The two worked together last year on an engineering competition which solidified their friendship.

"We were stuck in a room together for a day, so we got to know each other quite well," said Patrick.

He will be going to Victoria University next week to start a degree in robotic engineering, a huge difference from what he excelled at at Nayland.

He said he was always interested in engineering and wanted to study robotics as "robots are the way the world is going".

Originally from Britain, his family has lived in Nelson for five years.

He said he loved creating things, be it dance, drama or robots. He also played the saxophone, enjoyed running and mountain biking.

"When I'm not busy I don't feel like I'm doing anything right."

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