Abbey Henderson — the options are wide open

Student earns rare endorsement

by Mike Isle

In its first year participating in the NCEA, Rolleston College already has its first student to gain a level one qualification with an excellence endorsement.

Only 20% of level one students nationwide earn the endorsement, and it is rare for anyone to get it before the end of the school year.

Fifteen-year-old Abbey Henderson earned the endorsement following a year in which, the school said, she performed at excellence levels across all her courses but had shown particular strengths in the areas of technology and science.

College principal Steve Saville described the endorsement as a well-deserved achievement.

“Abbey has applied herself with determination and quiet confidence in all her academic pursuits and is a perfect example of how success comes as a result of hard work.”
Abbey is still mulling over her options for when she leaves school, but her

first thoughts are a career in medicine as a surgeon, joining the defence force and learning a trade or perhaps a scholarship opportunity overseas.

“I haven’t really made up my mind about what I would like to do in the future, but these are some of the ideas I have looked into,” she said.