Scholarships for outstanding duo

19:03, Feb 13 2013
Charlotte McKay
NICE WORK: Timaru Girls’ High school students Charlotte McKay, left, and Nicole Austin congratulate each other on their outstanding scholarship achievements.

A talented Timaru Girls' High School leaver has picked up the top mark in the country in NCEA scholarship graphics.

Nicole Austin received 23 out of 24 for her work, achieving an outstanding scholarship which is awarded to the top 3 per cent. As the top subject scholar she receives $2000 per year for up to three years.

Nicole had already achieved excellence in NCEA level 3 graphics.

"I was just hoping and praying for an outstanding," she said this week.

"I wasn't expecting top scholar though."

She heads to Wellington this month to study industrial design at Victoria University. It was the best city to further her studies, she said.


"I've wanted to go to Wellington since year 8. If you want to go further you have to go to the best place."

She loved studying graphics at school and credits graphics teacher Katy Whelan for helping her succeed.

"Graphics is just such a great class."

The school is also celebrating a double scholar. School leaver Charlotte McKay, the 2012 head girl, received a outstanding scholarship in English and a scholarship in art history.

As a year 12 student, she had already achieved a NCEA level 3 excellence in art history.

She was thrilled - and surprised - with the latest results.

"For me it was the other way around. I was confident about the art history but not so much the English."

She starts an art history degree at Otago University this year.

The scholarship studies had prepared her well for tertiary education, she said.

"It gives you an idea of what's to come."

The Timaru Herald