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Pakuranga has once again shown its academic prowess at the Top Scholars Award Ceremony in Wellington, with local schools producing three of New Zealand’s eleven Premier Scholars and a fourth placing best in their subject, says Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga.

Yang Fan Yun, from Macleans College, and Andrew Chen and Daniel Mar, from Saint Kentigern College, were named as Premier Scholars for 2018, while Christopher Dirks, also at Saint Kentigern College, was named top of his subject in Design and Visual Communications. To be named a Premier Scholar, students must achieve at least four New Zealand Scholarship subjects, with at least three of those at Outstanding level. Yang Fan also received the overall award for Academic Excellence, a truly fantastic achievement.

“Pakuranga is home to the best schools in the country, and this is clearly reflected in the academic success of Yang Fan, Andrew, Daniel, and Christopher,” says Simeon Brown.

“To be named as one of just eleven Premier Scholars in the entire country and to achieve first in a subject are incredible achievements, and I know these four students will feel proud seeing their hard work over many years pay off.”

“Pakuranga is one of the most attractive places in New Zealand for families who want their children to receive a world-class education. Every year our schools produce young adults who are prepared for the wider world, and Yang Fan, Andrew, Daniel, and Christopher will go on to achieve even greater things as a result.”

“I was excited to meet with these four outstanding students at the Award Ceremony in Wellington this week to congratulate them personally, and I’m looking forward to next year’s ceremony where I will undoubtedly get the chance to congratulate more young students from Pakuranga.”

Yang Fan Yun has been accepted into Stanford University, one of the most prestigious in the United States, where he will be studying Economics, Human Biology, and Public Policy. He wishes to pursue a career in medical research and improve equal access to affordable healthcare around the world.

Andrew Chen this year started his studies towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland and wishes to specialise in mathematics or computer science. He is keen to make a positive contribution to the information sciences profession.

Daniel Mar is also at the University of Auckland this year studying Computer Science and Finance, with a career in investment banking in the technology sector on the horizon.

Congratulations again to Yang Fan, Andrew, Daniel, and Christopher.

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