Ex WHS student gets top prize

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Exceptional former Wanganui High School student Amaan Merchant has been presented his 2015 New Zealand Scholarship Award at Parliament.

Amaan was one of eight New Zealand students to receive a premier award for outstanding scholarships in chemistry, economics, physics and statistics as well as scholarships in calculus, Earth and space science and music.

Last year he was the dux of his high school.

His parents, Samina and Mohib Merchant, were at Parliament for the award.
Whanganui MP Chester Borrows said he was both "proud and excited" to be at the presentation.

"I'm thrilled to see Amaan from Wanganui High School, and now an Auckland University student, receive calculus, Earth and space science and music scholarships as well as outstanding scholarships for chemistry, economics, physics and statistics. It was really great to see the award made at Parliament, with Amaan's mum and dad present, along with the other premier scholars from around New Zealand."

Mr Borrows said education is "a vital investment for Kiwi children and young adults".
"I was inspired to be with so many students and their families who recognise the value of their education and are working really hard to achieve and excel."

This year Amaan is studying a conjoint Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degree in applied mathematics, finance and economics, with a view to a being an economist or having a career in the finance industry. The scholarship provides financial support to students over three years.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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