Prize Giving – Dux 2017
It was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of our girls at prize-giving.
Special congratulations to two exceptional students who shared the title of Iona Dux for 2017 Head Girl Kelci-Alderton Armstrong and Jess Smith who were jointly awarded the J Mills Family Scholarship and the Glendinning Cup for Senior Dux.
While they had some subjects in common their pathways could not be more different.
Jess Smith has wanted to be a pilot since she was three years old.
Flying is her passion, and she is the current national title holder of several regional junior pilot awards as well as the Airways Corporation Trophy and Wigram Cup Junior Landing National Awards.
In her early years, her family lived overseas while her father worked on developing new oil fields, and she went on her maiden round the world flight at just six weeks old.
Jess took her first accompanied flight lessons with an instructor at thirteen and went on to solo at sixteen.
She completed her NCEA Level 2 while working towards her Private Pilot licence and this year completed Level 3 NCEA, including Aviation Studies within her subject choice.
Jess is a brilliant mathematician and outstanding science student, collecting numerous Year 13 Academic Awards for Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and the Crenfeldt Senior Science Cup.
Jess is a wonderful example of a student whose academic pathway has been driven by her particular passion. She has been accepted into the commercial pilot training programme at Air Hawke’s Bay Flight Academy at Bridge Pa and in 2018 will be the youngest female trainee pilot in the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Aero Club.
Kelci Alderton-Armstrong, a country girl from Gisborne, has managed an incredibly diverse senior year.
She has enjoyed a major leadership role within the college as Head Girl, something she has wholeheartedly embraced with the utmost integrity, eloquence, humour and sense of responsibility.
With a passion for history and drama, Kelci is a natural on stage, and, along with being awarded Dux, Kelci collected the McLellan Drama Cup, The Shannon Senior Debating Cup, The McGlashan Year 13 History Cup and several other awards.
She has also been awarded the prestigious University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship which will cover her tuition fees for up to four years.
She will be studying for a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Criminology.
Both Jess and Kelci have tremendous focus and commitment, qualities Iona is very proud of.