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Hours of study have paid off for some Otago secondary school pupils.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority scholarship results were released last week and 119 scholarships were awarded to Otago pupils, including 12 outstanding scholarships.
Former Kaikorai Valley College pupil Louie Bernhardt and former King’s High School pupil Max Beal were among the top performers in the country.
Louie was a recipient of an outstanding scholar award, while Max won a top subject scholarship award for drama.
Logan Park High School pupils maintained a 20-year tradition.
For the past two decades, pupils from the school had received 20 scholarships a year on average, LPHS co-principal Kristan Mouat said.
This year, 28 scholarships, including five outstanding scholarships, were awarded to LPHS pupils.
Ms Mouat said the results were ‘‘phenomenal’’ for a school with a roll of about 600.
Former LPHS pupil and scholarship recipient Charlotte Dickie said she attended extra tutorials throughout the year to prepare for her scholarship exams.
She was awarded three scholarships — in classics, history and media studies — and an outstanding scholarship in media studies.
Charlotte said while it amounted to ‘‘a nice sum of money’’, gaining a scholarship was more about prestige and acknowledgement of hard work.
Oscar McGuire, who also went to LPHS, agreed.
He was awarded scholarships in history, English, media studies and drama and an outstanding scholarship in drama.
‘‘It’s a nice bit of indication.
‘‘The money is not that big of a deal . . .It’s more about the kudos.’’
Won by Dunedin secondary school pupils
★ Bayfield High School: 7
★ Columba College: 12
★ John McGlashan College: 4
★ Kaikorai Valley College: 8
★ Kavanagh College: 1
★ King’s High School: 19
★ Logan Park High School: 28
★ Otago Boys’ High School: 13
★ Otago Girls’ High School: 6
★ Queen’s High School: 1
★ St Hilda’s Collegiate School: 15
★ Taieri College: 2