Family celebrates its trio of duxes

00:42, Dec 10 2012
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Siblings, from left, Terry, Hollie and Adam Guyton have all been Dux of Aparima College in Riverton. Youngest Hollie was awarded the title on Thursday night.

Few families produce one school dux, let alone three. But the Guyton family of Riverton have done just that.

Brothers Terry and Adam Guyton were dux of Aparima College in 2003 and 2005 respectively.

Now, their younger sister, Hollie, has also received the accolade.

She was awarded the title on Thursday night.

The siblings' father, Robert, is an Environment Southland councillor, and their mother, Robyn, helped found the South Coast Environment Centre in Riverton and is a gardening expert.

Terry is a teacher at Fernworth Primary School in Invercargill, and Adam has completed a mechanical engineering degree and is an accomplished Celtic musician.

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Hollie has already been instrumental in Fair Trade campaigns at the school and is now in Auckland as a delegate at a youth climate change conference.

"You can see the brains come from Robyn; my role is not to get in their way," Mr Guyton said.

"They've had quite a good free life to learn stuff for themselves," Mrs Guyton said.

"It was very exciting last night . . . it was nice for Hollie, she wasn't expecting it."

"It's a clean sweep - we've only got the three . . . I said we should have had a whole lot more," Mr Guyton said.

The Southland Times