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Will Scharpf had a lot on his plate during exams last November. So you can imagine his surprise when he was named one of the country's top 10 pupils in the 2018 New Zealand Scholarship exams.
While sitting the scholarship exams, he was also sitting nine NCEA level 3 exams and competing in the New Zealand secondary schools athletics championships 800m, 4400m relay and the 1500m running events.
Making the achievement all the more remarkable, he is still only 16 and he had skipped year 12 to sit the exams that usually challenge year 13 pupils.
The 2018 King's High School dux is one of 10 pupils across the country to win a New Zealand Qualifications Authority premier award for achieving outstanding scholarships in calculus, chemistry, physics, and statistics, and a biology scholarship in the New Zealand scholarship exams.
"I was pretty surprised to be honest. I didn't think I'd get it.
"It was a pretty hectic time but I quite liked having the athletics on at the same time because it gave me something else to focus on. It was a form of stress release.''
Will is now at the University of Canterbury studying engineering.
As part of his NZQA premier award, he will receive $10,000 each year, for three years, and will officially receive his award at Parliament on May 1.
Included in the 2018 NZ scholarship awards was former Otago Boys' High School pupil Hayden McAlister who won an outstanding scholar award after receiving several scholarships at "outstanding level''. He will receive $5000 for tertiary study each year, for three years.
Verdon College (Invercargill) pupil Samuel Cullen won a top subject scholarship award for gaining the highest marks in the music exam and gets $2000 a year, for three years.
They are among 9300-plus pupils who entered Scholarship exams last year in 35 subjects. Of those, 2415 were awarded one or more scholarships.
New Zealand Scholarships awarded in Otago and Southland (2018):
Bayfield High School 6
Columba College 16
Cromwell College 1
James Hargest College 16
John McGlashan College 14
Kaikorai Valley College 3
Kavanagh College 2
King's High School 49
Logan Park High School 16
Mt Aspiring College 6
Otago Boys' High School 23
Otago Girls' High School 14
Southland Girls' High School 5
St Hildas Collegiate 5
Verdon College 1
Wakatipu High School 14