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#StudentSuccess Luc MacKay wins Trading Challenge with amazing 429.86% return on investment

Congrats to first year Business student Luc MacKay for making an incredible 429.86% return on his investment in the CMC Markets UC Trading Challenge. 

Hosted with the UC Investment Society and UC Business School, this annual competition gives students the chance to put their investment strategies into practice via the CMC Markets online trading platform. 

Over 200 teams battled it out in real-world financial markets over four weeks and used a virtual fund of $250,000 to test their knowledge and trade for the best returns. 

Luc said “the contest seemed like a great opportunity to expand my trading knowledge. I didn’t expect to win because others were taking a much more aggressive approach. Surprisingly, I wasn’t even on the leader board two days before the competition ended.”

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#StudentSuccess – Engineering student John-Paul Lay receives prestigious Premier Award at Parliament


John-Paul Lay receiving his award with the Minister of Education at Parliament.

UC student John-Paul Lay has received a Premier Award at the New Zealand Scholarship Top Scholar Awards, presented by PM Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins at Parliament.

The Premier Awards recognise a student’s achievement of at least four New Zealand Scholarships subjects, including three or more at Outstanding level.

One of only twelve award recipients for 2020, John-Paul also received outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, English, and Media Studies, and Scholarships in Calculus, Classical Studies, History, Physics, and Statistics. He also received a Top Subject Scholar Award in Chemistry.

“I feel very privileged and honoured to receive this award. I had set this as a goal and worked very hard to achieve it. It also recognises the effort put in by my peers, family, and teachers that made it possible for me to attain the award.”

John-Paul was Proxime Accessit and Academic Prefect of Christ’s College in 2020. As Academic Prefect, he set up a peer tutoring programme for students. He was also involved with sporting and cultural activities, including senior debating, chamber orchestra, and was a member of Christ’s College 1st X1 football team.

This year John-Paul is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, after gaining direct entry into the second year.

“The focus on solving real world problems appeals to me and the wealth of opportunities has reinforced my interest in the discipline. I am particularly interested in the integration of intermittent energy sources into the power grid, such as solar and wind, and ways to ensure the stability and reliability of a grid that in New Zealand will face a large increase in demand over the coming years.”

Three other UC students were also recognised at the ceremony with Top Subject Scholarship Awards: Kiliona Tamati-Tupa’i (Kāi Tahu, Te Āti Awa, Hāmoa) for Te Reo Rangatira; Aya Nichols for Printmaking; and Sylvia Otley for Sculpture.

#StudentSuccess – research shows native NZ fungus could control invasive wilding pines

A research project from Genevieve Early, a student from UC’s School of Biology and the Bio-Protection Research Centre, shows how an indigenous NZ fungus may help control wildling pines – one of the country’s most ecologically damaging weed species. 

Harore, also known as Armillaria novae-zealandiae, is a fungus that feeds on decaying wood. It’s common in native forests, where it’s a natural part of the ecosystem, helping to decay fallen trees. But if it gets into pine plantations it is seriously destructive, killing seedlings and reducing growth.

“The research aimed to address knowledge gaps in our understanding of Amillaria, and eventually investigate whether we could use it as a biological control of invasive pines.”

Read more about Genevieve’s awesome mahi here and watch her interview on Te Ao Tapatahi Māori Television here (start watching from 39 minutes).

You can also watch Genevieve’s presentation at the Bio-Protection Research Centre below: