Emerging Talent Award 2015

Academic (19 years old)

Louisa and her family moved to New Zealand from China when she was six years old and has since made the region home and is a proud North Shore resident.

Her stellar academic record at Rangitoto College included NCEA Level 1 & 2 Top Scholar, Dux of the School and an Excellence Endorsement for NCEA Level 3 by the end of Year 12. Outside of her school curriculum, Louisa was also awarded High Distinctions (top 1% nationally) for Australasian Mathematics and Chemistry competitions, a Top 16 placing at the New Zealand Brain Bee competition and was selected to represent Massey University in the inaugural NZ Tertiary Japanese Speech Competition and the Tertiary Japanese Language Festival.

Always striving for excellence, Louisa took three University papers across both Auckland and Massey University while still at school, receiving top marks in all three. Her enrolment in university allowed her to enter its student competitions. Along with friends, Louisa entered the Social Innovation Challenge, winning first prize for their environmental social enterprise ‘Gyropad’ (competing against university students). The enterprise aims to promote environmental sustainability by conducting educational recycling workshops at primary schools. This has now grown and been passed on to a new group of high school students whom are trained and will conduct workshops with 75 primary school students later this year.

Following the success of ‘Gyropro’ Louisa founded the New Zealand Environmental Entrepreneurship Competition which in it’s inaugural year had over 150 participants from across Auckland. The event is now international with teams flying in from China and the USA.

Following her outstanding schooling and extracurricular activities, Louisa was offered scholarships to four universities, settling on Harvard University where she has just commenced undergraduate studies. She is taking an array of papers before having to settle on a major for year two.

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