Sandra is a senior crimes and justice reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

Marks put student in league of his own

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One Bay student has achieved some amazing NCEA results which puts him into a league of his own after his decision to knuckle down and hit the books.

Otumoetai College head boy Adam Harrington, 17, has gained 90 credits in level one NCEA subjects with excellence, and 92 credits in his level two subjects again endorsed with excellence. To gain a pass required 80 credits. Overall the Year 13 student Adam entered for 137 NCEA credits and passed them all.

Last year I decided I needed to focus on what was really important to achieve my goal and my grades have really picked up.
Adam Harrington

Last year he achieved excellence in level three calculus, and level two English, chemistry, biology, physics and sports science. So far this year he has already achieved 47 credits for his level three NCEA.

The humble high achiever said he was "pretty proud" of his results.

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Adam said he puts his amazing success down to his decision last year to "knuckle down" after deciding what he really wanted to do as far as his future career was concerned.

"I'd like to go to Auckland University and do a Bachelor of Commerce with a double majors in economics and international business, and eventually work with developing and emerging countries to help them develop good domestic and international policies.

"Last year I decided I needed to focus on what was really important to achieve my goal and my grades have really picked up."

Adam said hitting the books harder meant he stopped playing rugby but has since taken up surfing. Another key to his success was his decision to only foster and develop relationships which were important to him. Sandra Conchie

- Bay of Plenty Times

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