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Hamilton teen named nation's top student

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/05/2017

A Hamilton teen can lay claim to being the nation's top student after winning the Prime Minister's Award for Academic Excellence.

Christopher Mayo achieved the top results in the 2016 scholarship exams for New Zealand's brightest students as part of his final year studies at Hamilton Boys' High School.

"The Prime Minister's Award for Academic Excellence recognises the best overall achievement and is the highest accolade a student can aim for at secondary school," Education Minister Nikki Kaye said on Wednesday.

"[Christopher] received a total of eight New Zealand Scholarships in 2016, and his achievements illustrate what can be attained through hard work and dedication."

Almost 7500 students participated in New Zealand Scholarship examinations in 2016, with 2355 students being awarded one or more scholarships.

The New Zealand Scholarship provides recognition and financial reward to top students in their last year of schooling with its exams being designed to challenge even the brightest minds.

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