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Andrew Tang awarded Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence

On May 2, the New Zealand Scholarship Top Scholar Awards Ceremony was held in Parliament to recognise the 2017 Premier Award winners and Top Subject Scholarship Award winners.

In these awards, former Scots College Dux and Head of Senior School Andrew Tang has been named the winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence which “recognises the success of the very top New Zealand Scholarship student in the country. The recipient has the most outstanding examination results and the highest overall academic excellence of all the Premier Award winners”. In addition, Andrew was one of eleven Premier Award winners, gaining Scholarship (top 3%) in 12 subjects including Outstanding Scholarship (top 0.3%) in six subjects, the Top Scholar in Economics and Excellence endorsements in eight NCEA Level 3 subjects. Fellow 2017 Scots College leaver Benji Hartfield was awarded the Top Subject Scholar Award in Photography at the Ceremony and we at Scots are thrilled to have two students achieve such outstanding results.


However, Andrew’s achievements go beyond just his academic results. He was a well-rounded student who also competed at a national level in sports and cultural activities and volunteered his time to assist many other students. As the result of immersing himself in competitions and challenges, he won the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Premier Award, was awarded a Royal Society scholarship to attend the London International Youth Science Forum, represented the Young Enterprise Trust on an entrepreneurial delegation to Silicon Valley, was a Medalist in ICAS Science and ICAS Mathematics, first in the New Zealand Economics Competition and Best Speaker at the Treasury Schools’ Challenge. Andrew went on to use his experience from these competitions to mentor fellow students entering the Year 5 Junior Eureka programme, Year 6 Mathswell, Year 11 NZ Brain Bee Challenge and the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards. He also voluntarily tutored NCEA students in Years 10 to 13 and responding to high demand, created his YouTube channel Doc Tang. Through this channel Andrew offers science video tutorials which have received over 98,000 views and have been adopted by Education Perfect for use on their platform. To recognise his contribution to education, Andrew was presented with a New Zealand Youth Award in Parliament last year.


Outside of the classroom, he competed at a regional and national level in both cross country and debating, where his Wellington team placed third in the NZ Schools’ Debating Championships. He also played badminton, tennis and basketball for the school. In giving back to the school, Andrew led the StudyCare programme to help international students assimilate, assisted in the College library, coached junior and senior debating teams, and was part of the Kahurangi Breakfast Club who regularly visited neighbouring Kahurangi School to help serve breakfast for these primary students.

Andrew shares, “I’m hugely grateful to Scots for providing ample opportunities to explore my passions outside of my studies and believe the skills and experiences I have gained from seizing these opportunities have empowered me with newfound confidence and adaptability to tackle any challenges ahead.”

During his time at Scots, he was the recipient of the Arthur (Tup) Radford Science Scholarship that provides support for a student with a significant talent in the area of natural and universal science and who represents the ideals of the College.

Scots College Headmaster Graeme Yule describes Andrew as an exemplar of the all-round character Scots builds in each of its students. “Andrew made the most of the opportunities he had available and was always keen to offer what he could for others. We are delighted with the outstanding results he has achieved and look forward to seeing where his bright future leads.”

Andrew is currently studying science and commerce at the University of Auckland and in recent months has been awarded the prestigious Girdlers’ Scholarship, Harvard Faculty Scholarship and the Yale-NUS College Dean Scholarship among others. Andrew has elected to accept the Girdler’s Scholarship which will enable him to study Economics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. As the fourth former Scots student to study at Cambridge, Andrew will commence his study in October.

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