Students’ hard work rewarded

Ashburton College's top students Penny Stilgoe (left) and Lily Lyu with their academic trophy haul.

Ashburton College has named its dux and runner-up to dux and both have been top academic performers since Year 9.

Lily Lyu was named dux and Penny Stilgoe proxime accessit (runner-up to dux) at the recent Year 13 awards ceremony held at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre.

Both girls are currently revising hard for final school exams and both will start university next February.

Lily said she was surprised and very happy to be given the award for the best overall academic student.

She had worked hard over the past year and was pleased that that work had paid off. Her parents had attended the awards ceremony and were very proud of her efforts.

She will continue her education at Otago and will study for a four-year bachelor of law degree. She has been awarded a University of Otago Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship, worth $10,000, that will go towards her first year tuition fees.

Lily is also interested in economics and is currently studying for a scholarship exam in that subject.

Her exams finish on December 4 and she is thinking about approaching a local firm to see if she can get a taste of the legal profession over the holidays.

Penny is off to Lincoln University next year and will study agricultural science for the next four years.

“I’m interested in plant and animal science, so that might be a path I pursue.

“I’m also interested in business management on the farm, so I have a few potential future options in mind at this stage.”

Penny lives on a lifestyle block at Willowby and has been the top academic performer every year since starting at Ashburton College.

Along with her younger sister and mum, she is a volunteer with the Willowby Rural Fire Force.

She has been heavily involved with Teen Ag while at college.

Penny will be driving tractors for Drummond Contracting over the summer holidays and has also received a number of scholarships to help with the costs of her higher education.

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