Twelve international students had the opportunity to meet New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Bill English today, when they were awarded a Wellington International Student Excellence Award.
The awards, presented at New Zealand’s Parliament, recognise academic achievement, contributions in sports, the arts and in the community.
Kathy Nam was the youngest student to be awarded. The 11 year-old Korean Kelburn Normal School student is a member of the school’s orchestra, the coding club, the drama club. Kathy is also an accomplished writer.
Amongst the oldest to receive a Wellington International Student Excellence Award was 38-year-old Nigerian PhD Victoria University student Olayinka Moses. Olayinka is President of the Postgraduate Students’ Association, a member of the Academic Committee and Academic Board, contributes to academic policies and for his own academic work performs at an A and A+ level. He also helps to organise academic and social events at university and contributes to a number of charities.
The organisers of the awards, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), received 90 award entries which a judging panel had difficulty in narrowing it down to just 12 winners.
WREDA Chief Executive Chris Whelan congratulated the students on becoming Wellington success stories.
He said international students are an important part of New Zealand’s education community.
“Wellington has world-class education providers which act as a magnet for talented international students to study here and succeed. ”
Wellington International Student Excellence Award Winners 2016:
Kathy Nam – Kelburn Normal School
Kathy is a member of the school’s orchestra, the coding club, drama club, and is an accomplished writer.
Home country: Korea
Igor Socheleau – Wellington College
Igor came to Wellington to do a short English language course, but was convinced to study his final school year at Wellington College. Igor joined the swimming team, the volleyball team, the politics club and then took a leadership position in the International Students Association. Igor has given back to the community by volunteering at Strathmore Preschool, Relay for Life and the Vietnamese Blue Dragon charity.
Home country: France
Chenyang Fan – Scots College
As a top International Baccelaureate scholar, Chenyang or Sonny Fan has achieved excellence in his academic efforts. As the top student in his Physics, Maths and Chemistry classes, Sonny initiated a tutoring group to help his fellow international students with their studies.
Home country: China
Lothar Krumpen – Victoria University
As well as averaging A+’s in his commerce papers and one of the top law students, Lothar’s sporting achievements are incredible. Lothar is representing Wellington and has now gone on to represent the NZ University hockey team.
Home country: Germany
Siying Ren – Massey
Siying (Kimmy) Ren has been an International Student Ambassador for both Massey University and more recently, for the NZ Police. Kimmy has contributed both as a class leader whilst undertaking a Masters in Communication and as Vice President of the Chinese Student Association.
Home country: China
To Quan Quach – Victoria University
As part of Vic Crew, Victoria University’s Student Association, Kiwi Mate and AIESEC, To Quan Quach has done much to help with the internationalisation of Victoria University. She has also made the Business School’s Dean’s List for academic achievement.
Home country: Vietnam
Hening Wang – ACG Yoobee School of Design
Despite having no access to the internet or Western television, Hening Wang built a love for sci-fi and fantasy movies by hiring old VCRs at his local store. This changed the direction of his life and led him, many years later, to the home of the Hobbit for his studies. Thanks to the guidance of the Yoobee School of Design, Hening has been awarded an upcoming trip with Sir Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop to Korea’s Gwamyeoung Fantasy Week.
Home country: China
Anamika Nampoothiry – WelTec
Anamika Nampoothiry’s success reflects well on her current institution, WelTec and on her former instituion, Queen Margaret College. Originally from Kerala, India, Anamika was awarded proxime accessit last year, and a top IB scholar award. She is a dancer and singer, student librarian, and soon to be an engineer.
Home country: India
Ravi Prasad – Whitireia
Wellington is known as the Culinary Capital, and Ravi Prasad of Whitireia is already making his mark. Achieving 100% for the majority of his courses and competencies, and singled out for his excellent work ethic, Ravi was hand-picked during his course to complete an internship at the Museum Hotel. That internship turned into a permanent role.
Home country: Fiji
Chelcia Gomese – Victoria University
Chelcia Gomese of the Solomon Islands has been a Red Cross collector, done numerous beach clean ups, tree planting, volunteered for Education New Zealand, and has been a student buddy to students from China, Indonesia and USA. She was the President of the Melanesian Student Association, did an internship at an NGO in Apia and started an environmental non-profit back in the Solomons.
Home country: Solomon Islands
Yang Xiao – Onslow College (pictured above)
A part-time waiter at Government House, Yang Xiao has typified a pathway of contribution and success throughout his time in Wellington. Currently studying at Onslow College he has helped organise multiple fundraising and social events to encourage integration within the school and beyond. Yang intends to study at Victoria University and then pursue a dream of becoming a pilot for Air New Zealand.
Home country: China
Olayinka Moses – Victoria University
Olayinka Moses has dived fully into academic life within Victoria University. As President of the Postgraduate Students’ Association and a member of the Academic Committee and Academic Board, Yinka has both contributed to academic policies and performed at an A and A+ level for his own academic work. This has compelled him to pursue a further PhD at Victoria in the accounting field.
He has helped to organise multiple academic and social events at university and contributed to a number of charities.
Home country: Nigeria