Marlborough Boys’ College 2014 dux Piers Landon-Lane has achieved the top result in NCEA chemistry. With $15,000 in scholarships, Landon-Lane has chosen to study engineering at the University of Canterbury.
Landon-Lane, 18, received the top mark in the scholarship chemistry exam, with a superb score of 35 out of 40. He also scored scholarships in physics, calculus and statistics. For each of these subjects Landon-Lane achieved a result in the top three per cent, as well as being in the top 0.3 per cent with his ‘outstanding’ results in chemistry and physics.
The top achiever also received a University of Canterbury Emerging Leaders scholarship, arriving in Christchurch on February 14 to take part in the Emerging Leaders Development Programme retreat. Landon-Lane has settled into Rochester and Rutherford Hall, saying “it’s very good, the facilities are great and it’s a lot of fun.”
Landon-Lane chose to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) rather than a Bachelor of Science, saying “engineering is the course that will satisfy me the most and is where I’ll have the opportunity to have the greatest effect.” He decided to pursue engineering at the University of Canterbury as it’s close to home in Marlborough, and has the best reputation for engineering in New Zealand.
Landon-Lane is very happy with his scholarship gains, saying it will ease a lot of the financial burden of university costs. He also says he is happy to be recognised for his hard work – which he certainly has been, with this feature in The Press.
The new university student is not only excited to start his engineering courses next week, but is also excited for the big events during Orientation Week. He says he has already been to the Foundry opening and the outdoor movie, and has purchased tickets to ‘The Big 4’ events – Colour my Toga, Under the Big Top, Mardi Gras and Summerstein.
To purchase tickets to the events for Orientation Week, visit the Dash Tickets website.
To see the full interview with Landon-Lane, click here.