We love to hear of our past students' achievements. Do you know of other Alumni who are succeeding beyond school? Please let us know - email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Izak Schalk Tait (2002-2006) recently recieved his Masters of Science with first class Honours from AUT as well as an award for the Best Master Theses for 2014. Congratulations Izak!
He is embarking on his Phd later in the year and we wish him well for his continued studies.
Young New Zealander of the Year
Parris Goebel left school to pursue her passion for dance, and has been name the Coca-cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year Award 2014 in recognition of her achievements.
She established the Palace Dance Studio and led Hip-hop teams on to win world titles, and has choreographed for Jennifer Lopez and Cirque du Soleil. She is also the Kidzfirst Children's Hospital ambassador.
Since taking up Aerobics at 13 and opening her own academy at only 17, Amanda Bush has achieved success after success. She gained a degree in sport/recreation and athlete development, and has achieved eight New Zealand National titles and two world rankings in Aerobics.
While still competing herself, Amanda also coaches her students to their own medal wins both nationally and internationally. Her teams are also regular performers at local events. Visit her Triple A Academy here.
Climate Change Scientist
After gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree from Massey University, Jacob Anderson is now working on a Masters of Science in Geology at the University of Otago. He has also been selected as one of four ambassadors for the New Zealand youth delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change annual conference. As part of his thesis work, he has spent two month long seasons researching in Antartica.
Well done Jacob and keep up the good work! More information about his work is reported in the Howick & Pakuranga Times.
Rotary Peace Fellowship Winner
Being awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship will allow former Howick College student Sarah Agnew, the opportunity to study for a masters degree in peace and conflict studies at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her tertiary studies have earned her a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Otago and she has worked in the Ministry of Justice and a law firm.
Congratulations Sarah, we wish you all the very best for your Swedish adventure! The article reported in the Howick & Pakuranga Times can be read here.
Award Winning Author
Leonie Agnew has won multiple awards for her debut children's novel 'Super Finn'. The book, published by Scholastic NZ, has seen huge success since being awarded the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2010.
In the 2012 NZ Post Children's Book Award, 'Super Finn' picked up a further three awards (Best First Book, Junior Fiction and Children's Choice). Leonie was also awarded the University of Otago Writer Residency for 2013. This year her picture book 'The Importance of Green' has been published by Penguin and she has another novel due for release next year.
TVNZ European Correspondent
Jessica Mutch gained a Bachelor of Communications (majoring in Journalism) from AUT and has been in the Press Gallery since 2006. She joined TVNZ in 2008 and as their Deputy Political Editor covered many political events and elections.
A regular face on the evening news, Jessica is now based inLondon as the TVNZ European Correspondent, reporting news from all area of Europe.
Congratulations to Dr Lyndon Walker, who recently recieved a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Government.
"Dr Walker, who is a lecturer in Applied Statistics in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, received recognition for engaging students in the study of statistics through passionate, high quality teaching and innovative teaching methods." (www.swinburne.edu.au)
He is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Unitec and holds several qualifiations in Finance, Statistics, Education and Sociology and a Master of Science and PHD.
Past student Mitch McClenaghan is a name to watch out for in the New Zealand Black Caps cricket team. He has made an impressive start in his Black Caps career on tour in South Africa and in the Twenty20 series. He also graduated from Auckland University with a commerce degree.
In his last year at Howick College (2004) Mitch captained the Rugby First XV and was a member of the First XI Cricket team from 2002 - 2004. This team was in the NZSS Gillette Cup Top Four in 2003.
Congratulations to Sarah Hyde. She has been awarded a University of Waikato Academic Merit School Leaver Scholarship. This is awarded to a first year University student who gained NCEA Level 3 with a Merit endorsement.
Past Student In Masterchef Top Four
A past student of Howick College, Brenton Thornton impressed Masterchef judge, Simon Gault so much that he offered him an apprenticeship. Brenton made the top four competitors in this year's Masterchef competition, and it is the first time someone other than the second place winner has been given such an opportunity.
We wish him all the best with his new career.
New Zealand Army Top Cadet Award
Past student Jasmine Dwyer has recently graduated from the New Zealand Army's Officer Cadet School and was awarded one of their top awards. The Commander New Zealand Land Training and Doctrine Group Waiouru prize is given to the Officer Cadet with the highest aggregate marks in Communication Skills. Our congratulations to 2LT Dwyer.
TVNZ Television Grad of the Year
Aziz Al-Sa'afin left Howick College in 2007 and gained the Significant Student Scholarship to AUT where he completed a double major in film and Television.
He graduated from AUT gaining the TVNZ Television Graduate of the Year Award. Aziz worked for two years for Sticky TV and is now a freelance film director.