The Headmaster’s Prize for Proxime Accessit: E. Garg
Garg is a talented academic, having risen from 3C in his first term at the School and since then maintained a place in the top ten in the A stream throughout his five years at Auckland Grammar School.
His academic breadth is in evident in his achievements across a range of subjects. In Form 5, he scored 93% in AS Maths, and he followed this up with 94% in A Level Maths in 2020. In Form 6, he also earned Cambridge AS results of 96% in Physics, 91% in Spanish, 90% in Chemistry and 71% in English. These levels of achievement saw him invited to join Proceres Grammatici, the School’s most promising scholarship candidates, in 2021.
Garg has continued to achieve exceptional results this year. He was first in Class for Physics and AS Accounting, second-equal in Spanish, and fourth-equal in Chemistry in the mid-year examinations. In the Term 3 examinations, he was first in Physics and Spanish, second in AS Accounting and fourth in Chemistry.
His high achievement has been recognised in the past by the award of the Wayne Douglas Prize for 6A Physics and the R .H. Rattray Memorial Medal for Form 4 Mathematics. This year, his strength and breadth has been acknowledged by the award of the Special Spanish Prize, and the Kenneth Commons Prize for Commerce and Languages.
Garg has been committed to School life by being a member of Amnesty International, the Headmaster’s Environmental Committee, the Interact Club, a Mathex mentor, the Spanish Debating team and World Vision.
Garg is an excellent scholar. Calm, polite and considerate to those around him, he is held in high esteem by masters who have referred to him as perceptive, diligent, determined and disciplined, and “an excellent role model towards younger students”. Garg plans to study mechanical engineering at a US university in 2022.
In Form 3 it was goal to cross stage at least once each year, and he achieved his goal with the final time as Proxime Accessit for 2021.